Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera’s defense of his boss and long-time friend, CEO Roger Ailes left many scratching their heads.
The Fox News Chairman and CEO was accused of sexual harassment in a lawsuit brought by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who alleged she was fired from her job for refusing Ailes’ sexual advances. Ailes has denied the allegations.
While other women have come forward also claiming sexual harassment by the 76 year-old Ailes, many more have come to his defense.
Most recently, Rivera posted a comment defending his friend on Twitter.
I’ve known him 40 years. He’s about as flirty as the grizzly in #TheRevenant. I stand with Roger Ailes
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) July 13, 2016
But the intention may have been clouded by the confusion his post created on social media.
The film “The Revenant,” which was released earlier this year, scored Leonardo DiCaprio an Academy Award for “Best Actor.” The grizzly bear that Rivera referred to viciously attacked DiCaprio’s character in the movie but rumors arose when the movie debuted that the bear was actually raping him.
The production company quickly squashed that speculation but Twitter users had not forgotten.
— RevoltngConsrvative (@3k4Trump) July 13, 2016
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) July 13, 2016
Well now I believe that bear was raping DiCaprio in The Revenant. https://t.co/idSduaHvai
— Christopher Campbell (@Chumbler) July 13, 2016
only problem with this otherwise flawless tweet is that the bear in the revenant doesn’t flirt, it rapes and mauls https://t.co/tyaWxjYC1Q
— Adam Freelander (@adamplease) July 13, 2016
@GeraldoRivera given what happens to Leo in the movie, this is a very clever endorsement of Ailes’ accusers.
— Neil Bakshi (@neilbakshi) July 13, 2016
You might want to come up with another analogy. Didn’t the grizzly rape or try too in the movie. @GeraldoRivera
— Colorado Grandma (@CoFemale) July 13, 2016
@GeraldoRivera So no flirting, just assault and rape and biting and murderous intent. Great.
— Max W8 Roc (@MaxW8Roc) July 13, 2016
@GeraldoRivera This is… uh… maybe a bad example
— ladies jacket club (@subtlerbutler) July 13, 2016
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