UPDATE 7:12 p.m.: 

Gerod Roth has written a lengthy mea culpa on his Facebook where he reiterates that his words were taken out of context and were meant to be, "light and playful"—he said he's called his own daughter "feral"— and not "racist or prejudice." In the post he apologizes to Cayden and his mother Sydney and states that he too has been as much a victim as the defenseless 3-year-old Cayden, adding that he's been getting death threats.

 

If you are reading this, there is a fairly good chance you think I am deplorable, and with good reason. But before you...

Posted by Geris Hilton on Tuesday, October 6, 2015


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The bro you likely recognize from Monday's internet explosion surrounding the birth of the #HisNameIsCayden hashtag has finally spoken out regarding his obviously inexcusable actions. Gerod Roth, briefly known to the internet as Geris Hilton, was predictably fired from his position at the Polaris Marketing Group in Atlanta after his post achieved full-on virality. However, for those who assumed he would simply disappear into the fog of remorse following the controversy, his recent attempt at clearing the air might prove a bit difficult to accept.

"I just really feel upset, not only with myself, but also the character that was based off the comments that my friends had made," Roth tells Fox 5 Atlanta. "Cayden has been victimized, but I have been targeted." According to Roth, his post was "taken out of context," an assertion he definitely tried to make slightly less nonsensical by explaining it. "A person said, 'Oh, you mean to tell me that you just have wild kids running through your office building?' And that's when I said he was 'feral.' That was interpreted as racist and that, honestly, was not my intention whatsoever."

If one is brave enough to wade the potentially treacherous waters of this clip's YouTube comments, one is likely to find commentary far greater than that of any mainstream publication: