CNN contributor Hilary Rosen sorry she called Georgetown student anti-Semitic for wearing bacon suit
Rosen, here in a 2016 file photo, tried to save face saying she "got some bad info" regarding the student's costume. (John Lamparski/Getty)
Hilary Rosen might want to fact-check before she tweets.
The CNN commentator is facing backlash after calling a Georgetown University sports fan anti-Semitic for wearing a bacon suit to his school's basketball game against Syracuse University.
"Bacon Man" would like to thank my friends @OrozcoNicolo@realHunterEstes & @_harrisonnugent for their gracious support. Also, S/O to @ghenigma for always taking the best snaps. Bacon Man preaches love... Now on to the books for finals. Peace pic.twitter.com/sNJRERbThy— Michael Bakan (@bakanator33) December 17, 2017
"Look at the guy in the 'bacon suit,'" Rosen tweeted Saturday before later deleting the tweet. "This is a Georgetown #Hoyas fans anti-Semitic smear to the Syracuse team."
Rosen later tweeted after Syracuse won the game, "Hey bacon-man. #Syracuse for the win. Bigots lose. Bye #Hoyas #Cuse."
However, it turns out the student's name is Michael Bakan and he says he wasn't trying to taunt the school's Jewish students by dressing as the non-Kosher food.
Bakan told the Daily Caller he often wears the bacon suit simply because his last name is pronounced like the breakfast staple.
"At first I thought it was a joke," Bakan said. "The real way [my last name] is pronounced is bacon, and that was the impetus behind the costume. I’ve worn it to three games now."
"Hey, it’s 'bacon man.' It's actually Mr. Bakan — pronounced 'bacon.' Just a fun costume," Bakan tweeted at Rosen.
Rosen tried to save face tweeting back to Bakan she "got some bad info" regarding his costume.
It’s a good thing you didn’t jump to conclusions and call an innocent Georgetown student an “anti-Semitic bigot” on a worldwide forum like Twitter!— RaisedontheRadio (@RaisedonAMRadio) December 16, 2017
Publish smear first, research second. #CNN— Razor (@hale_razor) December 16, 2017
You should be extremely embarrassed by this. I hope there are repurcussions for you implying someone is a racist.— Timothy (@TRY1974) December 16, 2017
"Awesome, u found me!" she tweeted at Bakan. "Thanks for telling me. I’m new to this school rivalry and got some bad info! I apologize and took down my tweet."
This is not the first time Rosen has faced backlash for rushing to conclusions. During the 2012 election, Rosen apologized for mocking stay-at-home mom Ann Romney for "never work[ing] a day in her life."
"I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended," Rosen said in a statement at the time. "Let's declare peace in this phony war [on stay-at-home moms] and go back to focus on the substance."