When 70-year-old journalist Geraldo Rivera decided to, after a night of slamming tequila, post a half-naked selfie on Twitter back in July, the world was aghast. Or at least it was for about five minutes, before it resumed making cat jokes and everyone forgot about it.
But Duquesne University apparently hasn’t, because it’s now nixed Rivera’s appearance on an upcoming panel discussion about John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
“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 [we] asked the Wecht Institute to withdraw the invitation,” a spokesperson told the local Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“We warn our students not to put anything inappropriate on social media because of potential consequences — you could consider this teaching by example.”
Geraldo then took to Twitter to express his dismay at the decision, tweeting:
Just heard Duquesne Univ cancelled my appearance at JFK assassination panel because of 'selfie'. Fact I first aired Zapruder film less impt.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) August 30, 2013
Duquesne's cancellation of my JFK panel appearance is pretentious censorship Do students agree with administration? Am I banned for life?
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) September 2, 2013
Finally he released a statement, asking, “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?”
For a guy who’s been considered more of a goofy talking head than a journalist for the past 10 years, he’s asking some decent questions. It’s hard to imagine any student listening to a discussion of a president being murdered from a rooftop (or a grassy knoll) being distracted picturing Geraldo’s leathery nether-region. But who knows. Maybe they really are that impressionable.
Or not. It may pay for the Dean over at Duquesne to peruse its students’ social media pages, because a brief Twitter search for the university turned up several students. We found pictures of women in showers with towels haphazardly wrapped around them, women making out with each other (God’s going to be pissed) and the requisite liquor shenanigans. I won’t name names, though, because a few of them were kinda cute.
So another chapter in Riveragate 2013 comes to a close. And, because we placed that picture above the article, and you’ve made it this far, here’s a photo of Vera Farmiga to make it all worthwhile:
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