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When in doubt, blame it on the alcohol

Rivera tweets naked selfie photo.

As Jamie Foxx once sang, "Blame it on the alcohol," and 70-year-old Fox News host Geraldo Rivera took that advice as he blamed tequila for his risqué naked selfie photo on Twitter this past Saturday.

According to People, Rivera claims to rarely drink alcohol at all, and a couple of drinks after a late night at work left him thinking that posting the scandalous photo was a good idea.

He then woke up the next morning with a text from his 18-year-old daughter, who seemed to strongly disagree. Rivera’s wife, who didn’t even know about the photo, heard about it from a friend in Chicago who works for Oprah, who advised her, "Whatever you do, honey, you've got to say that you're proud of your husband."

After being reprimanded by Fox, Rivera took the photo down, although chatter about the picture still remains. Rivera recently tweeted again, "If my pix is so offensive to media critics, why do they keeping flashing the damn thing over & over?" Perhaps blaming it on the alcohol doesn’t work every time?


Geraldo Rivera Selfies Have Exclusive Twitter Page: ‘I’m 70 and Like to Get Naked’

Someone took a liking to Geraldo Rivera’s selfie game on social media, so much that the Fox News host has his own Twitter page entitled &#[email protected]“.

The political commentator reportedly blamed tequila and a lack of competency operating social media last year after he posted an explicit photo of himself that went viral.

“I’m 70 and like to get naked,” the fan page reads.

Rivera, who recently argued the second amendment is “blind and stupid,” with President Obama at a gun range:

My meeting with the president today solidified my opposition to guns and Dick Cheney. #GUNCONTROLNOW #GeraldoSelfie pic.twitter.com/u9ily5trFY

— Geraldo Rivera ® (@GeraldoSelfie) July 28, 2013

The selfie king alongside Anthony Weiner and his family in People Magazine:

Beautiful and moving spread of the courageous Huma & Andy Weiner in this month’s People magazine. #GeraldoSelfie pic.twitter.com/Zrw4Enccih

— Geraldo Rivera ® (@GeraldoSelfie) July 28, 2013

The late Andrew Breitbart broke the massive Weiner scandal in 2011, when the former New York congressman was caught sending lewd photos to women on Twitter and later claimed to be the victim of a crime.

The Fox and Friends host alongside Weiner’s sexting mistress Sydney Leathers:

Excited to meet with my gorgeous and so talented friend Sydney Leathers tonight. #GeraldoSelfie #CarlosDanger #Weiner pic.twitter.com/d8umXNDn7x

— Geraldo Rivera ® (@GeraldoSelfie) July 27, 2013

Rivera and Weiner are both notorious for tweeting provocative images and apparently enjoy taking selfies together, too.


Blame it on the Alcohol: Geraldo Rivera Tweets Half-Nude ‘Selfie’ Mirror Photo

The shirtless Rivera also wrote from what appears to be a bathroom … with a fluffy white towel or robe positioned very low in front of his hips: “(Erica and family are going to be so pissed…but at my age…)”

This is the same guy who basically said Trayvon Martin was asking for trouble just because he wore a hoodie the night he was killed.

Speaking of which, according to The Blaze, a conservative (Glenn Beck owned) website/newsletter, the pic was posted hours after Rivera was reportedly dissed at a rally for Trayvon in New York on Saturday.

Naturally, the reaction to the photo was pure shock. A lot of Twitter users were using variations of “Why. ” “Oh my God” or the Internet-speak version, “OMG.”

And yes, the tweet came from Rivera’s verified Twitter account. And so far, he hasn’t played the “My Twitter account was hacked” card. At least not yet.

Instead, he’s blaming the photo on “tequila”, telling a local radio station, “This weekend, it was tequila. I never do tequila when I’m alone, but I had this new bottle that someone had given me for my birthday.”


Geraldo Rivera blames alcohol for viral selfie

There's a simple explanation behind the nearly nude self-portrait Geraldo Rivera shared with the world over the weekend, and it isn't vanity.

No, the TV personality has admitted that he's a survivor of tequila regret - a.k.a., the morning after realization that you should by no means operate digital devices while under its influence.

As Rivera explained to New York radio station 95.5 FM, he indulged in a "couple of drinks" after wrapping up work on Saturday night. He was "wired," and everyone else was asleep, so he apparently opted to celebrate National Tequila Day early.

"And I never do tequila when I'm alone, but I had this new bottle that someone had given me," Rivera said. "The second one, my fate was sealed."

And "at 2:30 in the morning, you're not thinking exactly logically" anyway, Rivera said with a laugh.

He'd actually taken the picture, which shows Rivera wearing nothing but a loosely draped towel and a pair of glasses, on Saturday morning. Later that night, sharing the snapshot on Twitter with the caption, ඎ is the new 50," didn't seem like such a bad idea.

"I said, 'Dammit, I like that picture.' I had learned how to use Twitter a couple of weeks ago," he said, "and there I was."

In the morning, it was his 18-year-old daughter who first asked him to immediately take down the photo.

"It seemed like a great idea at the time," he said. "I figured they'd cut me some slack because I am so old. . I took it down the next day after I heard from Fox."

Rivera seems to have learned a lesson, as he tweeted on Sunday: "Note to self: no tweeting after 1am."


Geraldo’s Semi-Nude Selfie: Bad Move or Boomer Beefcake?

Early Sunday morning, veteran reporter Geraldo Rivera tweeted a picture of himself wearing nothing but a pair of rose-colored glasses, a very low towel and a smile. On Monday morning he quickly offered up an explanation for the random selfie on his syndicated radio show saying tequila and loneliness made him do it and, “It seemed like a great idea at the time.”

The photo was taken down the next day, reportedly at the request of his employer, Fox News. Oh, Geraldo, you silly, you just learned a valuable lesson. Once you post something on the internet it never goes away – ever.

Once the revealing picture, accompanied by the caption 󈬶 is the new 50,” started making the rounds on Twitter, the immediate reaction was something akin to what Geraldo’s own 18-year-old son was texting to dear ole Dad the next morning, “TAKE THAT DOWN RIGHT NOW.”

Well, Geraldo, it worked. I completely forgot about Capone’s vault.

— Alex Baze (@bazecraze) July 21, 2021

If I see one more half naked “selfie” posted by anyone over the age of 50 I’m going to chew my arm off . . UGH. Thanks #Geraldo

— Eric Corwin (@EricCorwin1) July 23, 2021

Honestly, once we got over the shockingly low towel position in the photo, we applauded Geraldo for his obvious commitment to diet and fitness. Other men his age might be frail, thin and withering or suffering from obesity, but Rivera is clearly making the health of his body a priority. The photo would be far more troubling if the towel were obscured by a front paunch.

Selfies are all the rage right now, but is it appropriate for the boomer generation get on board? Alexandra Williams, fitness author and co-creator of Fun and Fit: Healthy Aging for Boom Chicka Boomers, weighed in on Geraldo’s gif gaffe.

“I am definitely a fan of good-looking 70-year-old men showing off their hot stuff,” she said. “I’m in my 50s and I would be uncomfortable drooling over a 20- or 30-year-old man. But a man in my general age bracket who’s in good shape – I’m all for that.”

Alexandra went on to say, “We boom-chicka-boomers need eye candy, too! And the fitness pro in me thinks [Geraldo’s picture] sets a good example for healthy living when all generations can see that fitness, strength, and health don’t disappear in the second half! Come to think of it, maybe I’ll do a pose like that when I turn 70. We cannot redefine what healthy and sexy are if we are invisible!”

We’re happy to discover that Geraldo is making good choices about how to treat his aging body, we just think he needs to make better decisions about what he does with that body, particularly when he’s holding tequila and a camera-equipped cell phone.


Bette Midler claimed he drugged and groped her

In Rivera's aforementioned memoir, Exposing Myself, he describes a "torrid" relationship with Midler, including this encounter (via The Washington Post): "We were in the bathroom, preparing for the interview, and at some point I put my hands on her breasts."

Midler also recalled that moment during a 1991 interview with Barbara Walters–an interview that resurfaced in 2017 as Rivera began speaking out in defense of "courtship" and the "flirty business" of news. According to Midler, "Geraldo and his producer came to do an interview with me in the '70s–the early '70s, and this was when he was very, sort of, hot. And he and his producer left the crew in the other room, they pushed me into my bathroom, they broke two poppers and pushed them under my nose and proceeded to grope me." The term "poppers" refers to a recreational form of alkyl nitrites, which trigger temporary muscle relaxation and a head rush when inhaled. Midler continued, "I did not offer myself up on the altar of Geraldo Rivera. He was. he was unseemly."

Just another "flirty" day at the office, huh?


The 3 Things to Blame for Geraldo Rivera’s Semi-Nude Selfie

We're used to seeing racy selfies of starlets such as Miley Cyrus and Rihanna.

But when the 70-year-old Geraldo Rivera posted a pic of himself in nothing but a low-slung towel in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Internet exploded with reactions.

The former talk show host explained in an interview Monday just what was to blame:

He was lonely. After filming his Fox News show "Geraldo at Large" on Saturday night, Rivera was still hyped up from work, he told NYC-based radio station 95.5 WPLJ's "Scott and Todd In the Morning." "I did a great show on black-on-black crime and race relations and the Trayvon Martin fallout and federal charges … and I get home and there's no one to talk to, everyone's asleep," he said. So, what's a guy to do, you know, except think about the selfies you took that day and drink?

He was thirsty … for tequila. The potent liquor was Rivera's drink of choice that night. "I never do tequila when I'm alone, but I had this new bottle that someone had given me for my birthday. By the second one, my fate was sealed."

That photo was just so damn good! "I had a couple of drinks . It was 2:30 and I was like, 'Dammit, I like that picture.' I learned how to use Twitter a couple weeks ago and there I was. What a great idea." Just learned how to use Twitter … famous last words! Rivera captioned the pic, "70 is the new 50."

Rivera removed the revealing snapshot on Sunday after, he said, his daughter texted him to "TAKE THAT THING DOWN RIGHT NOW!" and his employer, Fox News, demanded the same thing. However, his wife of almost 10 years, Erica Levy, 38, received a more positive reaction to the post.

"She just heard from her friend in Chicago who works for Oprah. And the friend in Chicago, Robin, said, 'Whatever you do, honey, you've got to say that you're proud of your husband.'"

How long do you think it'll be before we see Geraldo's next selfie?

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Miley Cyrus is the queen of nude selfies and the singer will often spark controversy with her raunchy and revealing Instagram posts and outfits. Nine weeks ago, she stripped down for the camera, with fans commenting that the image was pornographic.

Chrissy Teigen

The model wished her friend Marisa Matins a happy birthday on Instagram — by posing completely nude behind her husband, John Legend.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY @MARISAMXO,” Teigen captioned the picture.

Nicki Minaj

With plenty of risque nudes to choose from, Minaj let her hair down in this nude.

Kim Kardashian

Kardashian broke the internet when she posted a nude in March with the caption, “When you’re like I have nothing to wear LOL.” The picture spawned backlash from some, and support from others.

Emily Ratajkowski

Ratajkowski sure flaunts what she’s got on Instagram, and also posted a nude in support of Kim Kardashian‘s steamy photo with the reality star herself.Chelsea Handler

Handler set the internet on fire when she posted a topless picture of herself on a horse to fight against Instagram’s nipple policies. Her photo was removed, but she kept uploading it. In February 2015, she also uploaded a picture to Twitter with the caption, “Thanks for having me Twitter.”

[note: we censored the image]

Geraldo Rivera

In 2013, Rivera posted a bathroom mirror selfie with the caption, “70 is the new 50.” He later removed it but blamed the incident on tequila.

The rapper made headlines in October after Justin Bieber‘s butt pic with a picture in his briefs.

Justin Bieber

The “Sorry” singer sure likes to bare his butt on Instagram, once on a tropical vacation in July, and another more recently from a camping trip.

In response to the outrage of Bieber’s butt picture, Chrissy Teigen posted a picture of her husband’s butt to Instagram.

The “American Pie” star likes to post pictures of herself in a bikini, but during her New Year’s vacation in Mexico, Reid posted a picture on Instagram in which she appeared to be completely naked.

The “Genie in a Bottle” singer wanted to get “personal” with her fans, and posted a mirror selfie wearing nothing but a leopard print hat and pink undies.

Demi Lovato

The singer stripped down for her Instagram in October, captioning the image, “What’s wrong with being confident? #vanityfair #CONFIDENT”

Tyson Beckford

The model posted several racy pictures on his Snapchat, and this one was posted to his Instagram as well.

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In a world where the NSA knows the contents our e-mail inboxes, our cellphone call logs and possibly our colons, the idea of privacy is adorably outdated.

And if you can't beat 'em, might as well join 'em.

Earlier this week, actor and aging New Kids on the Block frontman Donnie Wahlberg tweeted a photo of himself wearing a giant grin and not much else (though his naughty bits were, blessedly, not in the frame).

"Pre-show shower time!" he exclaimed in the tweet, which has already been favourited thousands of times.

SCANDAL! Except, you know, it was literally nothing more than what you'd see at the beach. Plus, this is the less famous Wahlberg we're talking about. Is it really worth having a tizzy over?

Donnie is just the latest in a long line of celebs to post near-naked pics of themselves to Twitter and Instagram, a roster that includes Nick Jonas, the frequently shirtless Justin Bieber, Parks and Recreation's Chris Pratt and even Geraldo Rivera. Geraldo! The dude is 70! Rock those abs, granddad!

Look, these guys have every right to be proud of their physiques. I get sore and hungry just imagining how much time they need to spend at the gym and how few plates of nachos they must consume in order to look that way.

Personal trainers or no, that can't be easy. So why can't they show off? You don't buy a $600,000 McLaren just to park it out of sight in the garage. You drive it up and down main street and hope people stop and stare.

I admit there may be a danger of setting this kind of precedent for kids. If a JoBro and Biebs can share sexy selfies, why can't one of their 13-year-old female fans do the same? Except these guys aren't going to be the victims of junior high hallway whisper campaigns or have these pictures come back to haunt them years from now when they go for a job interview.

But as long as we bear in mind that the Internet never forgets, folks should be able to show what they want, when they want to who they want.

Not in good taste? So is 90% of the crap on network television. That's what the remote control is for.

Don't wanna see a half-naked Jonas showing off his vee? Then don't follow him on social media or read about him in the news. Easy as that. Then again, maybe I'm being a self-serving hypocrite. Because while I admittedly do get a bit skeezed out by boy banders past and present oversharing with their fans, I'm willing to pay that price if it means seeing the likes of Heidi Klum, Rihanna and Sofia Vergara posting not-safe-for-work selfies for their followers.

And when Canada's own Alison Pill accidentally tweeted a pic of her boobs to the world, it almost made me stop hating her character on The Newsroom.

So yeah, either these dudes are just being sexy, or I'm just being sexist.Either way, the NSA and I await your scathing e-mails.

LIZ BRAUN SAYS:

Truth in advertising: that's our motto.

When Geraldo Rivera decides to send off a semi-naked photo of himself ("70 is the new 50!") and then later attempts to explain such a gesture as a byproduct of tequila, we see it as one big public service.

When a guy (1) works for Fox news in the first place, and (2) posts a naked selfie, and (3) then blames it on booze, even your average Fox fan can stop moving his lips while reading long enough to draw the correct conclusion: This person is a jackass.

Because a picture really is worth a thousand words, you can come to understand everything you need to know about someone almost immediately through the pictures of themselves they see fit to post on social media.

In the olden days, you'd invest time and energy 'getting to know someone' now you know within seconds if you want to learn more about someone or not. And more often than not it's 'not'. This is progress? This is progress.

Bring on those self portraits!

Funny thing is, an almost naked selfie from Rihanna, Lindsay Lohan, Lady Gaga, Heidi Klum, Demi Moore, Paulina Gretzky, Kim Kardashian or any of dozens of other women prompts ogling and marketing.

And similar shots from Donnie Wahlberg or Nick Jonas prompt outrage. Men posting pictures of themselves! Vain! Shallow! Provocative! And very telling. We could get into the gender politics of it all, but male or female, people's social media pictures speak volumes about them whether they know it or not. Whether a celebrity wants you to see all or just part of his/her perfect and famous anatomy, the gesture of sending said photo in the first place is loaded with meaning. The whole semi-naked selfies thing is tasteless, embarrassing and potentially dangerous, but in an increasingly isolated world, those pictures may also prove to be crucial.

They form a field guide to the must-be-avoided.

There are a lot of dubious people out there, and the sooner they identify themselves, the better.


Steve Martin and Other Celeb Twitter Gaffes

See other inappropriate tweets from Alec Baldwin, Geraldo Rivera and others.

Dec. 23, 2013 — -- intro: Steve Martin was just the latest celebrity to make a Twitter mishap this weekend.

On Friday night, the "Father of the Bride" actor tweeted to his followers that they should "submit your grammar here," and one user asked, "Is this how you spell lasonia?" Martin responded, "It depends. Are you in an African-American neighborhood or at an Italian restaurant?"

After Martin deleted the insensitive tweet, he aplogized. "My tweet was highly inappropriate," he wrote.

From jokes about a deadly tsunami to naked selfies that just shouldn't have happened, here is a quick look at other Twitter gaffes.

quicklist: 1title: Alec Baldwintext: In response to a report that his wife was tweeting during a funeral, Alec Baldwin addressed the reporter on Twitter.

"I'm gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I'm gonna f––. you. up," the "30 Rock" actor wrote to the reporter who questioned his wife's etiquette.

quicklist: 2title: Gilbert Gottfried

text: After the 2011 Japanese tsunami that killed more than 15,000 and caused billions in damages, Gilbert Gottfried felt the need to tweet about it.

"Japan is really advanced. They don't go to the beach. The beach comes to them."

He was fired as the Aflac spokesman shortly after this and other offensive tweets about Japan.

quicklist: 3title: Geraldo Rivera

text: Geraldo's naked selfie - not much more to say.

"70 is the new 50," he wrote next to a picture of himself with just a towel covering his private parts.

Rivera blamed tequila for the pic and even told a radio station that he woke up the next morning to a text from his 18-year-old daughter who messaged him in all caps: "TAKE THAT THING DOWN RIGHT NOW!"

title: Roger Eberttext: After "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn died in a car accident in 2011, where he was allegedly drinking and driving, the late movie critic felt the need to weigh in.

"Friends, don't let jackasses drink and drive," he wrote. The backlash from the "Jackass" family and fans was instant. He later admitted he might have tweeted too quickly.

quicklist: 5title: Rainn Wilson

text: "The Office" star thought he was being funny when he tweeted, "If I were ever date raped I would want it to be to 'Whole Lotta Love' by Led Zeppelin."

After a decent amount of backlash, Wilson deleted the tweet and wrote, "Not a good topic to joke about. Sorry & won't do that again."

title: Chris Browntext: The singer got into a Twitter argument with comedian Jenny Johnson, where at one point he told her he wanted to go to the bathroom on her face.

His account was deactivated shortly after.

text: Most celebs should just refrain from using the N-word at all costs.

Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted "Ni**as in Paris for real," referring to the Jay Z song after a photo was shared where her, Jay Z and Kanye West were all on stage together during the rappers' "Watch the Throne" tour.


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