Duquesne U. Uninvites Geraldo Rivera From JFK Panel Over 'Selfie'
September 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM (PT)
GERALDO RIVERA's shirtless selfie has lost the CUMULUS MEDIA NETWORKS host a speaking engagement at DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY.
The PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE reports that RIVERA was uninvited to a panel sponsored by DUQUESNE's CYRIL H. WECHT INSTITUTE OF FORENSIC SCIENCE AND LAW on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President JOHN F. KENNEDY. DUQUESNE spokesperson BRIDGET FARE 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."
The sponsor's namesake and Chair of its advisory board, CYRIL WECHT, said that he is "disappointed" in the school's decision, adding that the selfie seems to rank fairly low "on the moral depravity list. You've got a 70-year-old man with a bath towel around his waist, although granted, it was below the umbilical level. You go to a beach, there are people running on the streets every day, guys in their shorts. How could this bother DUQUESNE?"
Director OLIVER STONE will be on the panel and will make an additional presentation as well.