After days of negative reaction that caused a social media firestorm, FOX NEWS commentator Geraldo Rivera has begun to go into damage control and offer apologies and explanations. This is what he tweeted out last night:
In addition, Rivera tweeted out a few more tweets tonight where he acknowledged that his friend Russell Simmons disagreed with him and he joked about Rolan Martin's hoodie getup:
According to Politico, Rivera also clarified some of his statements and tried to offer an explanation to his original remarks:
Geraldo Rivera is apologizing for his “hoodie” remarks about Trayvon Martin that touched off a media firestorm last week, saying, “I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager.”
“I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies,’” Rivera said in an email to POLITICO Tuesday, citing a piece in the National Review penned by Thomas Sowell.
Rivera said that “by putting responsibility on what kids wear instead of how people react to them I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager,” and that he was offering a “sincere and heartfelt apology” to anyone he may have offended in his “crusade to warn minority families of the danger to their young sons inherent in gangsta style clothing; like hoodies.”
As for our response? We will let Stephen Colbert speak for us: