On Friday, Geraldo Rivera immersed himself in the Trayvon Martin case. He claimed on Fox and Friends that morning that hoodies were not recommended attire for young men. He asserted that this choice of clothing may have led George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot him, to feel threatened. Geraldo later felt the need to clarify his remarks on the O’Reilly Factor, where he said that hoodies remind people of the Unabomber, and that this might lead to people shooting them. It also leads police to look at young people dressed like this askance, and search them to insure that they don’t plan to blow up buildings or hijack planes, leading to a higher arrest rate of hoodie-wearers.

Wow, Geraldo, you got old quick. According to him, his own son said that he was ashamed of Rivera’s remarks. Now his son may have lost son credibility, when according to Geraldo, he said that this was the first time in his life that he was ashamed of him. But his son is only 32, so he may have missed some of Rivera’s earlier shenanigans. Rivera defended himself to his son, saying that hoodies should come with warning labels like cigarettes do.

Now, I have personal experience with this same sort of thing. A friend of mine set up a policy where he won’t allow young men into his office if their pants are riding low. He explained to me and to them that this clothing style began with men trying to hide guns. I asked him if he had a similar policy for young women. He just grinned and turned around.

Now, I was around a long, long time ago, when we tended to wear bell bottom jeans that flared a lot. For some reason, older people found this mode really offensive. But I’m unclear on very many people being shot for this, other than a few kids on a college campus in eastern Ohio, perhaps. As I’ve aged, I’m not immune to this syndrome. I believe that some accoutrements may make you less likely to get hired for a job. I can’t figure out how all of these kids who have cluttered their body with tats brandings and piercings expect to find productive employment, but that’s not really my problem. I don’t plan to hire them for anything anyway. I guess that they can always get a job writing on the internet.