The horror of the hoodie

I've not weighed in on the Trayvon Martin killing, because I really didn't have anything to add. Until now.
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The horror of the hoodie
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I’ve not weighed in on the Trayvon Martin killing, because I really didn’t have anything to add. Until now.

I have two people to thank for my breakthrough. First is Geraldo Rivera, Fox TV’s babbling – and mustachioed ego whose odd journalistic instincts prompted him to say this: “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”

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Say what? Yes, Geraldo blamed the victim’s clothing – a hooded sweatshirt – for causing him to be gunned down at point blank range. “That hoodie,” explained Geraldo (who apparently is also a psychiatrist and fashion expert), compelled the shooter to respond to Tyayvon in a “violent and aggressive way.” The horror would never have happened, opined the Fox opinionator, if the unarmed teenager “had been dressed more appropriately.”

Good grief – I’ve seen dirt clods more sentient than Geraldo.

Indeed, a lady friend of mine has now clarified how mindlessly-absurd he is by pointing out the wild popularity of hoodies among America’s fashionable and affluent consumers. The Duluth Trading Co., for example, offers a kelly green gardening hoodie for $30, complete with “a hidden zip pocket” – how suspicious is that? J. Jill, the boutique clothier, sells a lovely tie-dyed hoodie for $79, and the Woolrich.com merchandizer has a manly, $129 pullover hoodie with kangaroo pouch pocket and – get this – “a bucket hood with draw cord and lock,” which is available in a threatening, blood-red hue called “flare.” You wouldn’t want to see that coming at you!

Hoodies are so dangerous that Neiman Marcus is peddling them to the one-percenter crowd for $150 each. And here’s something for Geraldo and his credulous followers to ponder: you can even buy a Mitt Romney hoodie from his campaign website. Now that’s truly scary.

“Geraldo Rivera: Hoodie To Blame For Trayvon Martin’s Death,” www.talkingpointsmemo.com, March 23, 2012.

“Neiman Marcus Hoodie,” www.neimanmarcus.com

“Mitt Romney Hoodie,” www.mittronmey.com

“Battling the bastards is about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.”

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