09/03/2013 09:22 am ET | Updated Sep 04, 2013

Geraldo Rivera's Selfie Results In Canceled University Appearance


Geraldo Rivera's infamous selfie has now led to the cancellation of an upcoming college speaking engagement.

The Fox News host was scheduled to participate in a panel at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh for the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination. Rivera tweeted over the weekend:

Just heard Duquesne Univ cancelled my appearance at JFK assassination panel because of 'selfie'. Fact I first aired Zapruder film less impt.

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) August 30, 2013

The selfie — which showed Rivera shirtless in front of a mirror with a towel around his waist — created an uproar when he tweeted it in July. In a statement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette over the weekend, Duquesne University said that the photo was "inappropriate and inconsistent" with the Catholic school's values.

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

Rivera sounded off again on Duquesne's decision on Tuesday, writing:

Duquesne's cancellation of my JFK panel appearance is pretentious censorship Do students agree with administration? Am I banned for life?

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) September 2, 2013

Rivera also hammered the decision in an interview with Politico, saying that he had been willing to speak at the school unpaid, and that he was informed about the cancellation by a stranger at a hotel bar introduced himself as a panelist at the upcoming event.

(h/t Mediaite)


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