Geraldo Rivera Dismissed By Duquesne University For Nearly Nude Selfie
Geraldo Rivera's infamous selfie taken a couple of weeks ago is still causing him problems. Rivera, who tweeted "70 is the new 50 (Erica and family are going to be so pissed...but at my age...)" has reportedly been uninvited to a planned appearance at Duquesne University for a panel on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination.
According to Politico, a statement by the university's spokesperson, Bridget Ware said, "The administration felt that Mr. Rivera's decision to post a nearly naked picture of himself on social media was inappropriate and inconsistent with who we are as a Catholic university and therefore asked the Wecht Institute to withdraw the invitation. We warn our students not to put anything inappropriate on social media because of potential consequences - you could consider this teaching by example."
Rivera was clearly hurt by this decision, and stated that he was notified about his cancellation not by the university, but a stranger in a bar saying that he was also on the panel and that it was a shame his position got cancelled.
He responded with this statement:
"As a Catholic university, I hope the administration of Duquesne over that period was as diligent in condemning real outrage as it has been in censoring my appearance on the JFK panel because of a 'nearly naked picture.'
"Are all prospective speakers similarly scrutinized, or is my sin receiving special attention? Does the 'selfie' over-weigh my Peabody, Emmys, RFK's and other professional achievements on Duquesne's scale of morality? Are the students of Duquesne so sensitive and protected that they will be unable to concentrate on the topic being discussed because they cannot unsee the image?
"Further, the process of cancellation was incredibly rude. I was informed last week by a stranger, who introduced himself to me at a hotel bar, only to then tell me that he was on the JFK panel but that it was too bad my appearance had been cancelled because of the offending tweet.
"With the Pirates in contention for the World Series for the first time in a generation, this act by another Pittsburgh institution was incredibly bush league."
The tweet, according to Mediaite, received 735 retweets and 231 favorites. Rivera explained on Monday that tequila was the culprit on New York's 95.5 WPLJ radio, stating that he had taken the photo earlier in the day and decided to post it later that evening.
"I had a couple of drinks ... It was 2:30 and I was like, 'Dammit, I like that picture.' I learned how to use Twitter a couple weeks ago and there I was. What a great idea."