Earlier today we posted an item about how “Neighborhood Watch,” a movie filmed in Atlanta last year, is pulling promotional ads. Although the Ben Stiller flick has nothing whatsoever to do with the case of a Florida teen shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain, the studio, acting in an abundance of caution, sought to scotch any possible hint of a connection.
On the other hand, the National Rifle Association has come out with a new “concealed carry” hooded sweatshirt.
“We want concealed carry to fit around your lifestyle – not the other way around,” reads the product description. “It’s the only garment of its kind we know of! Inside the sweatshirt you’ll find left and right concealment pockets.”
The description does not mention the Florida shooting case in any way, but the item, featured under the NRA’s “new” products, has caught the attention of pundits. The Mediaite site has a piece on the new NRA gear posted here.
Much has been made of the fact that the late Trayvon Martin had been wearing a hooded sweatshirt, commonly called a “hoodie,” when he was shot. Protests following the incident have sparked something of a “hoodie” movement; On Sunday, for example, Ebenezer Baptist Church Rev. Raphael G. Warnock wore a Morehouse College hoodie with his gray dress pants. Georgia state Sens. Emanuel Jones, D-Decatur, and Lester Jackson, D-Savannah, also donned hoodies prior to a protest march in Martin’s memory at the Georgia State Capitol last week.
Meanwhile, Fox News Channel commentator Geraldo Rivera has apologized for his remarks linking the garment to Martin’s death.
“I apologize for the language,” Rivera said. “I don’t apologize at all for the substance of my advice. I was trying to save lives.”
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