CNN commentator Hilary Rosen is being lambasted after she falsely labeled a Georgetown University sports fan as anti-Semitic because he was wearing a bacon suit during his school’s recent basketball game against Syracuse University.
It turns out the fan’s name is Michael Bakan, whose last name is pronounced like the breakfast treat and why he regularly wears the get-up to sports games.
“Look at the guy in the ‘bacon suit,’” Rosen wrote Saturday in a tweet accompanied by a photo of Bakan at the game. “This is a Georgetown #Hoyas fans anti-Semitic smear to the Syracuse team.”
Rosen then launched a second misguided tweet, writing: “Hey bacon-man. #Syracuse for the win. Bigots lose. Bye #Hoyas #Cuse.”
Bakan and several of his friends took to the social-media platform later in the day to point out she was jumping to conclusions, which caused her to delete her original tweets.
“Hey, it’s ‘bacon man.’ It’s actually Mr. Bakan — pronounced ‘bacon.’ Just a fun costume,” Bakan tweeted at Rosen.
Another Twitter user claiming to be the bacon-suit wearing guy’s friend tweeted: “He wears the suit because his last name is Bacon. Don’t create your own narrative and delete this tweet.”
One person tweeted: “You should be extremely embarassed by this. I hope there are repurcussions for you implying someone is a racist.”
“He’s not a bigot. Please delete this inflammatory tweet that uses misinformation,” another user wrote.
Following a barrage of tweets claiming Rosen was trying to create her own narrative, she deleted her tweets and claimed she was given some bad intel.
“Awesome, u found me!” she tweeted to Bakan. “Thanks for telling me. I’m new to this school rivalry and got some bad info! I apologize and took down my tweet.”
Hey, it’s “bacon man.” It’s actually Mr. Bakan – pronounced “bacon.” Just a fun costume pic.twitter.com/ruXeE7NTz1
— Michael Bakan (@bakanator33) December 16, 2017
Awesome, u found me! Thanks for telling me. I’m new to this school rivalry and got some bad info! I apologize and took down my tweet.
— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) December 16, 2017
Rosen never clarified what “bad info” she got about the legendary ‘Cuse-Georgetown rivalry or how it had to do anything with Judaism. Clearly, other users weren’t buying her sheepish excuse.
A user named Angelo wrote in response to Rosen: “Yes because that’s how reporting works
@CNN. See something, spread insanely libelous claims about someone’s character and then wait for the accused to find you to correct the record. #VeryFakeNews”
— Angelo (@angelo100) December 17, 2017
It’s also not the first time someone has called foul on Rosen for dicey comments. In 2012, she faced major backlash for sexist commentary when she accused then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife Ann of having “never worked a day in her life” because she is a homemaker.
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