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Barney Frank Stuns Crowd With Hoodie Joke

From the Boston NBC affiliate, WHDH-TV:

Barney Frank stuns commencement crowd with speech

Reported by: Victoria Block
May 28, 2012

NEWTON, Mass. (WHDH) — Democratic Representative Barney Frank raised eyebrows during his commencement speech at UMass Dartmouth when he referenced the Trayvon Martin case.

Barney Frank, never at a loss for words, drew gasps from the commencement crowd at UMass Dartmouth where his good friend Hubie Jones was awarded an honorary doctorate — complete with a degree and hood.

"When they give you an honorary doctorate they give you one of these and Hubie, I think you now got a hoodie you can wear and no one will shoot at you," Frank said during his speech.

Bad taste aside, the "hood" in academic attire is called a hood, but it is not a hood per se. It is actually a cowl, or, more specifically, a badge that is draped across the front of the neck and down the back.

The crowd was stunned by the humor, and many in his district felt it was in poor taste.

“That’s terrible. That’s insensitive. I don’t think that’s an appropriate joke," one woman said.

Mr. Frank himself is an inappropriate joke.

For Frank, it should be no surprise that he was forced to explain himself in a statement, which says in part:

"I wore a hooded gown in three ceremonies earlier this year…used the same joke on myself…I shamelessly recycled the hoodie joke."

So he has already used this joke in three previous ceremonies? And this is part of his apology?

Doesn’t that just make it all the more reprehensible?

He went on to say he "used the ‘hoodie’ line to ridicule the notion that a hooded sweatshirt is somehow sinister."

Which is something entirely created by our news media.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Barney Frank Stuns Crowd With Hoodie Joke”

  1. Chinnubie says:

    When are people going to pick up on the hypocrisy of the news media and these liberal politicians?? Extreme liberalism leads to destruction in every single case!! I keep thinking about that Pink Floyd song, “Us and Them”.

  2. finebammer59 says:

    we could have done without the linked video.

    from here on out just tell us what he said. we’ll take your word for it.


  3. canary says:

    I guess Barney Frank missed the news with minor in hoodie who opened gun fire shooting 8 people after a OKC Thunder basketball game couple of Friday’s ago. If the youthful thug had been white it would have been all over national news. I don’t know if he was a Laker fan, as the OKC team has beat them 2 years now.
    Of course the news is hush.

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