As Twitchy reported, just about the same time that people were reading Variety’s exposé on Matt Lauer dropping his pants in his office and sending colleagues sex toys, Geraldo Rivera was tweeting that journalism is a flirty business, and in the current epidemic of sexual harassment allegations, maybe courtship is being conflated with predatory behavior.
Maybe Geraldo was just having trouble reading the room, what with everyone so tense about sexual harassment recently.
This issue is so red hot right now there is no room for any thought or opinion but hang em high. If News wasn’t (formerly) a flirty biz then how do we explain so many newsroom courtships that have led to happy marriages?
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 29, 2017
No, @GeraldoRivera, it's red hot because women now feel they can come forward with less fear of being bullied, ridiculed and mocked – although I'm sure you'll have a pretty good go… https://t.co/QHIRuMPEjl
— Chris Payne (@xtofallabout) November 29, 2017
Exposing yourself to a colleague in your locked office doesn’t sound very “flirty” to us, but we’re not journalists like Geraldo.
— Anne (@anne_rosone) November 29, 2017
Oh God. Just stop. https://t.co/ArOK0tfH8p
— John A. Daly (@JohnDalyBooks) November 29, 2017
— Carolyn Dickson (@theladydickson) November 29, 2017
No ✋🏻 https://t.co/sVHV9CUCHn
— Maggie Vespa KGW (@Maggie_Vespa) November 30, 2017
— Kate Bevan (@katebevan) November 29, 2017
I'm dying to know his definition of "flirty" is,especially in light of the horror stories we've heard just today.
— Are we great yet? (@williams1977) November 29, 2017
Moustache man doubles down, just in case his cluelessness and insensitivity was unclear in today's earlier tweets on this topic. https://t.co/YTiZknePf7
— Alan Stamm (@APStamm) November 30, 2017
He's doubling down on this. By now, @GeraldoRivera must know that that Lauer 1. trapped women in his office with a hidden, push-button lock 2. gave a colleague a sex toy 3. scolded an employee for not having sex with him and 4. took it out. So, I guess that's all "flirty?" https://t.co/hkFFrItx4M
— Dan Mitchell (@Fortunes_Wheel) November 29, 2017
Man, what is your definition of flirting? https://t.co/n2lG7TqkB8
— JGutierrezKrueger (@jolinegkg) November 29, 2017
It’s just courtship, yo.
Ah, yes, I remember when I courted my now-spouse by locking her in a room with me so I could show her my dick. https://t.co/PaJbhQp5gn
— LaurasBloodyKnuckles (don't worry, its Nazi blood) (@conordale) November 29, 2017
Lauer wasn't asking women on dates, he was pulling his junk out and sending them sex toys! Wtf is wrong with u?! https://t.co/NfNLeUzjTP
— Mac (@marla_mulder) November 29, 2017
There's a difference between asking someone if they'd like to get coffee or asking someone if they want to see your dick. https://t.co/ZyOK7gk8wm
— Shawn Madden (@shawnxmadden) November 29, 2017
There is no comparison between flirting with women and showing them your penis unasked. One is sexual harassment. Do you know which?? https://t.co/wY053sMhWu
— JD (@johnjosephTX) November 29, 2017
Do you honestly not understand the difference between honorably courting someone vs using your position and seniority to sexually harass them? https://t.co/9e5if0l9ZF
— Damien (@FreeMrktCptlst) November 29, 2017
Dude, nobody is complaining about office romances. We're talking about men who use their power to harass and/or assault subordinates. O'Reilly, Ailes, Rose, Lauer. DO YOU UNDERSTAND? https://t.co/rH0A1io9Zg
— Joe Remi (@JosephRemiB) November 29, 2017
"Sexual harassment has some upsides" argument is next level woke https://t.co/c1AbyPjSxH
— Ben Grayson (@millersweatshrt) November 29, 2017
"Flirty biz". Wow.
Because old dirty men like you made it one. https://t.co/jWuXUKxec3
— Matt Smith (@DTMattSmith) November 29, 2017
He thinks harassment = flirting These old dogs are just so deeply entitled they still don't get it even now it's amazing https://t.co/jZOGKhqzQZ
— flirty biz tweets*️⃣ (@TrentTZA) November 29, 2017
this guy is clearly high as a kite right now https://t.co/IZXVaznexh
— 🦃Happy Thanks-covfefe🦃 (@OpenIntro) November 29, 2017
Gee—I wonder who's next to be outed as a pervy predatory scumbag… https://t.co/hN11otNS2M
— mik (@_mike_phillips_) November 29, 2017
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Fox News Statement on @GeraldoRivera's tweets:
"Geraldo's tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management. We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him." https://t.co/Q1z3Lkyo0P
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 30, 2017
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