Geraldo Rivera Semi-Nude 'Selfie' Photo Costs Him Catholic Invite

Wednesday, 04 Sep 2013 07:24 AM

By Michael Mullins

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"Selfie" photographer and TV host Geraldo Rivera's picture he took of himself while standing semi-nude in front of a mirror has cost him a speaking engagement at a Catholic university in Pennsylvania.

The 70-year-old TV host and long-time journalist had been invited to join a panel discussion about the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination at Duquesne University in October.

The invitation was rescinded last week after the school determined Rivera's selfie, which he had tweeted out in July with the caption "70 is the new 50," was inconsistent with their religious values.

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Shortly after sharing it with his Twitter followers, Rivera removed the tweet, which he attributed to a lapse in judgment caused by a few drinks of tequila, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The veteran New York journalist did not take the dismissal lying down and on Friday took to the very social media website where the controversy began to share his disapproval of the school's decision.

Rivera is referring to the fact that he was the first to air a bootlegged copy of Abraham Zapruder's home movie of the assassination in 1975, which provided a relatively unobstructed, clear view of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

On Monday, a Duquesne University spokesperson addressed the school's decision with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"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," Duquesne University spokesperson Bridget Fare told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We warn our students not to put anything inappropriate on social media because of potential consequences -- you could consider this teaching by example."

On Monday, Rivera again addressed the matter on his Twitter feed, calling it "pretentious censorship ."

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