Geraldo Rivera: “My Son Is Ashamed Of Me”
Geraldo Rivera was the internet’s most disliked man this weekend after he sent out a series of tweets implementing that 17-year-old Trayon Martin, slain by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, was at fault for looking suspicious because of his decision to wear a hoodie.
Celebrities, and followers alike attacked Geraldo for his commentary, but apparently even his own son is not happy about what his father had to say regarding the Trayvon Martin case.
“My own son just wrote to say he’s ashamed of my position,” the Fox News contributor tweeted on earlier this weekend. But losing his son’s respect did not change Geraldo’s views on hoodies as he soon after tweeted:
“Still I feel parents must do whatever they can to keep their kids safe.”
Following the media storm that ensued when Geraldo urged the parents of black and Latino children to stop them from wearing hoodies, Geraldo reached out to Politico to explain that his eldest son had expressed shame in his father’s words.
“Gabriel broke my heart. He’s my oldest, 32, and he just told me that for the first time in his life he’s ashamed of what I wrote on [Fox News Latino],”
“I wrote him, and I’m telling you that my mission is to save kids’ lives in the real world,” the Fox News host said. “We can bluster and posture all day long about the injustice of it all, but despite what Roland Martin or even my son Gabriel Miguel Rivera says, every hoodie should come with a warning like cigarettes, ‘caution wearing this could get you killed.’”
But Gabriel didn’t respond well to his father’s explanation.
“Gabriel wrote back to say I’ve gone viral for all the wrong reasons,” Rivera wrote in another email, with an unhappy face icon at the end of the sentence.
Geraldo’s son wasn’t the only one who was ashamed by his insensitive commentary that stated Trayvon’s hoodie was just as responsible for his death as George Zimmerman was, celebs reached out to show their disapproval of Geraldo’s commentary as well.
Check out what they had to say in the gallery above.