Barney Frank: Sorry for Hoodie Joke
'No one will shoot at you' in a graduation hood, he assured Hubie Jones
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 29, 2012 9:19 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Barney Frank is apologizing for opening up his super-sized mouth this weekend: Seems the soon-to-be former Massachusetts congressman made a crack about the Trayvon Martin case at a graduation ceremony this weekend, the AP reports. Speaking at a Dartmouth commencement Sunday, in which the university also gave an honorary degree to Hubie Jones, Frank said, "Hubie, I think you now have a hoodie you can wear and no one will shoot at you," tugging his graduation robe for emphasis.

The joke was, obviously, a reference to the Trayvon case, and the audience responded with nervous laughs and groans. Frank says he was trying to "ridicule the notion that a hooded sweatshirt is somehow sinister," and that he'd made the same joke in reference to himself at three previous commencements. Jones says he doesn't think Frank meant to offend anyone.

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May 31, 2012 10:02 PM CDT
I don't care if you're Black, White, Straight, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Short, Tall, Fat, Skinny, Rich or Poor. If You're nice to me, I'll be nice to you! Simple as that... ***
May 29, 2012 4:03 PM CDT
sometimes that stuff just darts right out your mouth. it was afterall a dartmouth speech....
May 29, 2012 1:06 PM CDT
seems he's flatulent out of both ends when a microphone is around.