Barney's Joke Leaves Few Laughing

Barney Frank is getting poor reviews for his Trayvon Martin inspired Hoodie joke over the weekend.

The retiring Democratic congressman made the crack at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth graduation, during which Civil Rights pioneer Hubie Jones was honored.

“You know, when you get an honorary degree they give these,” Frank said, tugging at the hood on his commencement gown, “and Hubie, I think you now got a hoodie you can wear and no one will shoot at you.”

“I have used the ‘hoodie’ line to ridicule the notion that a hooded sweatshirt is somehow sinister,” he said.