Bill O’Reilly visited David Letterman on The Late Show Friday night, where Letterman all but called him an old fart for obsessing about Beyoncé’s risqué videos.
“This has been going on for like the last 40-50 years,” Letterman told O’Reilly. Letterman pointed out that “the same kind of questions” were raised in his day, such as The Rolling Stones’ “Let’s Spend The Night Together.” It was censored on The Ed Sullivan Show.
O’Reilly responded, “Right now, in the African American community, 72% of babies are born out of wedlock. Back when Motown was hot, in the 60s, it was like 10 or 12 percent. So what we’re seeing then is a deleterious effect on American society.”
And this is Beyoncé’s fault? O’Reilly offered up absolutely no evidence to conclude that black music has or has had anything to do with the rise in out-of-wedlock births.
Letterman said that Beyoncé “in her way, does as much uplifting activity as anybody in popular culture today.” He later added, “I think you’re – you just found something to whine about because you’re getting to be an old guy like me."
“There’s truth to that,” O’Reilly acknowledged.
It’s also good shtick when your viewers are off-the-chart old and overwhelmingly white, as O’Reilly’s are.
Video below from the 3/14/14 Late Show with David Letterman.