CNN political commentator Hilary Rosen is receiving backlash after she called a Georgetown University sports fan anti-Semitic for wearing a bacon suit at a rivalry basketball game against Syracuse University on Saturday.
Rosen, a Democratic strategist, publicly accused the fan of anti-Semitism on Twitter for his bacon suit, but has since deleted her tweet, the New York Post reported.
"Look at the guy in the ‘bacon suit,'" Rosen wrote. "This is a Georgetown #Hoyas fans anti-Semitic smear to the Syracuse team."
Rosen then sent out a second tweet after Syracuse won 86-79 in overtime, writing, "Hey bacon-man. #Syracuse for the win. Bigots lose. Bye #Hoyas #Cuse."
It turns out that the Georgetown fan, Michael Bakan, regularly wears the bacon suit because his last name is pronounced like the non-Kosher meat.
After the game and later in the day, Bakan and several of his friends responded to Rosen on Twitter, calling the suit a "fun costume."
"Hey, it's ‘bacon man.' It's actually Mr. Bakan—pronounced ‘bacon.' Just a fun costume," Bakan tweeted at Rosen.
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
Rosen then apologized to Bakan for her original tweets, saying that she "got some bad info."
"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."
The Post noted that Rosen did not clarify what "bad info" she got about the Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry or its connection with Judaism.
Bakan did not appear too rattled by Rosen's accusations.
"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