Well, that was then, this is now.
"Fresh off coming in second on Celebrity Apprentice, Geraldo Rivera stopped by HuffPost Live today for a chat. But they did dive into politics as Rivera said he believes that “hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people than racism in the last ten years.”
And it’s not just hip-hop, it’s fashion, because he challenged people to find “a Puerto Rican from the South Bronx or a black kid from Harlem who has succeeded in life… walking around with his pants around his ass and with visible tattoos.”
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Rivera cited Russell Simmons as someone he likes, but someone who should also acknowledge that by encouraging this culture, he and others” have encouraged people to be so different from the mainstream that they can’t participate other than, you know, the racks in the garment center and those entry-level jobs.”
My goodness! Where should I begin?
Well, first of all, most of the people who listen to (and buy) hip- hop, are young suburban white males. So I am not even sure where this clueless loof (that's a backwards fool) gets his facts.
First, Karl Malone, who fathered three children out of wedlock and abandoned his son (who calls him a "sperm donor") and left him to raise himself while he made millions in the NBA, has the unmitigated gall to lecture black folks about personal responsibility. And now this guy, who has had four failed marriages, took a nude and disgusting selfie of himself for the world to see, and lied to the country for ratings about Al Capone's vault has the nerve to lecture folks who love hip hop and blame the genre for problems among black youths.
Welcome to the no shame culture. Where Sarah Palin (yes, Sarah Palin) can look at a bunch of people and tell them to "get a job". Sarah Palin. A woman who hasn't worked since the day that John McCain chose her as his running mate.
She has the nerve to tell a bunch of hecklers having fun with her that they should be working.
If only everyone could get a job being Sarah Palin.
Finally, did you hear what happened to the Krispy Kreme donuts, people?
"Purveyor of sugary-sweet doughnuts Krispy Kreme is in hot water over its use of a not-so-innocent acronym. According to the Guardian, a UK branch of the chain had to delete promotional material for its Krispy Kreme Klub Wednesdays. The outlet posted a (now deleted) advertisement for the event on its Facebook page, listing it as "KKK Wednesdays," which mistakenly references the Ku Klux Klan.
The event was meant to part of the company's planned activities for school children on a week-long break. Unsurprisingly, the listing caused much uproar and the chain removed the post promptly earlier today. A spokesperson tells the Guardian, "Krispy Kreme apologizes unreservedly for the inappropriate name of a customer promotion at one of our stores," adding that the "promotion was never intended to cause offense." The Hull Daily Mail quotes another spokesperson as saying, "KKK Wednesdays would go ahead, but under a different name."
No truth to the rumor that they were doing it to attract certain types of police officers to their stores.