Geraldo Rivera and his snazzy rose-colored glasses stopped by to chat with HuffPost Live on Tuesday. When host Josh Zepps asked the Fox News contributor if he identified as being liberal or conservative, he described himself as a “militant moderate” — elaborating that he’s in favor of immigration reform, gay marriage and abortion rights, which is why he voted for Obama “three” (?) times. He then went on to make some comments about how he also hates the “pornographic” Benghazi scandal (for more Geraldo Rivera Benghazi thoughts, click here).
That would have been great! Geraldo should have just stopped right there, but out of completely f*cking nowhere — and I mean nowhere — he launched into a tirade about hip-hop, claiming that hip-hop culture has done “more damage to black and brown people than racism in the last 10 years.” Seemingly unaware of the irony that this very statement was, at face value, kinda racist itself, he went on:
When you find the youngster—a Puerto Rican from the South Bronx or a black kid from Harlem—who has succeeded in life other than being the one-tenth of one-tenth of one percent that makes it in the music business, that’s been a success in life with his pants around his ass and with visible tattoos. It’s this whole ethos.”
And I love Russell Simmons. He’s a dear friend of mine. I admire his business acumen. At some point, those guys have to cop to the fact that by encouraging this distinctive culture that is removed from the mainstream, they 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, and I lament it. I really do. I think that it has been very destructive culturally.
At this point Josh Zepps is basically like:
You can read more about Geraldo’s opinions on race and hip-hop in the next issue of “Shut Up, Geraldo” magazine.