Bill O’Reilly lashed out at Russell Simmons last night for having the nerve to complain about his treatment on The O’Reilly Factor earlier this week. You may recall that when Simmons visited The Factor, O’Reilly spent much of the time haranguing him about Beyoncé and black entertainment. Last night was an excuse to do it all over again.
Once again last night, O’Reilly used his “concern” for children as camouflage for attacking African Americans. As I explained in my post about Simmons’ appearance, O’Reilly’s “concern” always seems to amount to attacking African Americans for not handling problems the way he thinks they should.
Even when O’Reilly expresses approval of an initiative like President Obama’s recent “My Brother’s Keeper,” O’Reilly doesn’t spend time discussing what the program actually does or its successes. Instead, he’ll briefly endorse it then quickly move along to whitesplaining to African Americans where they’re going wrong.
Last night, O’Reilly began his attack on Simmons by doing exactly that:
As you may know, President Obama signed an initiative called My Brother’s Keeper, which encourages American corporations to help children at risk. It’s a good initiative. But one of the things that it does not address is the crude culture.
Of course, what O’Reilly means is the crude African American culture. Not the crude culture of, say, making racist jokes about our president on a cable news network.
The entertainment industry is marketing that crude culture to impressionable kids.
OK, despite Megyn Kelly’s concerns that young kids watching her show might get the “mistaken” idea that Santa is not white, most people on Fox do not have to worry about kids – or even middle-aged folks – hearing anything they say. But how come O’Reilly doesn’t complain about any “crude culture” in the movies, also marketed to impressionable kids? Or TV shows? Just asking!
As a graphic over his shoulder displayed a photo of Beyoncé and the words, “HARMING YOUNG GIRLS?” O’Reilly added:
The singer Beyoncé, worth an estimated $350 million, does not have to put out a raunchy product that might hurt young girls.
"Might hurt?" For all his hot air, I have yet to see O’Reilly pull out a single statistic proving that it does hurt. Yet O’Reilly is very cavalier about cutting back on money for food stamps – which verifiably would hurt children.
And it’s not like Fox doesn’t use gratuitous sex on its own airwaves. For educational purposes, I took the liberty of including here a little 2007 video my colleagues helped put together with Brave New Films called “Fox News Porn.” It’s entirely made up of clips from Fox News. Warning: YouTube has age restrictions for watching it.
But back to Simmons. Apparently, O’Reilly is getting some blowback, including a complaint from Simmons that he was “blindsided.” Instead of inviting Simmons back for a further discussion, O’Reilly attacked him.
“Aw, that’s complete bull,” O’Reilly sneered. “Simmons knew we were going to talk about the music industry. What do you think? I’m going to give him six minutes on his dopey book? I mean, come on! We don’t do that for anybody. Simmons is just too frightened to answer the questions. It’s as simple as that.” O’Reilly then mockingly imitated Simmons saying he was blindsided. “What, do you live on Mars? I mean, you know what the show is!”
Of course, being told you'll discuss “the music industry” is not the same as being told you’ll be asked to defend sex in a Beyoncé video or black music as a whole.
After those classy comments, O’Reilly turned to Laura Ingraham. O’Reilly makes a point of complaining about single motherhood among black families. But has anyone ever heard him chastise Ingraham, the single mother of three, for her choices?
“Suck it up, Buttercup,” Ingraham said, about Simmons’ complaint. Then the two went on to attack him some more.
I would so love to see Simmons demand to go back on The Factor and really make O’Reilly defend his attacks on black culture. Come on, Russell, you could be such a hero among the under 65 set!
Both big sellers, but I have yet to hear anyone consider either to be a role model. In fact, I can’t remember if I’ve ever heard anything nice said about Nicky Minaj’s music or lifestyle, and does anyone even talk about Lady Gaga past her outfits? I’m hard pressed to name five of her songs.
I’ve also pointed out multiple times that there’s a lot of offenders who are absolutely abysmal role models, but on top of being white… They’re registered as Republicans. I think on our last thread about this, I pointed out Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, both of which I couldn’t care less about their music (boring, most of it sounds stolen, next), but am absolutely appalled at the obsessiveness of their fandoms extending as far as those girls even basing their views regarding things like dating, important life choices, and their rights as women on what those two backwaters tell them to think.
Not implying, or accidentally saying through bad wording- Flat telling them to make their views, because it’s the views they have themselves.
If Beyonce’s fans come to that, I’ll get on them as well… But I don’t see it. I don’t see Bey selling that, I don’t see her fans taking that away. If anyone would like to point out something factual, and not that “Good Fight Ministries” crap, be sure to link me up… But for now, if people like O’Reilly really gave a shit about influence and not skin colour, he’d be including the white girls from his team, who are creating a very toxic template for how to act, and (in some cases) dress.
I too think Bey is his newest obsession,Miley has been brutally cast aside.
Billy has the hots for Bey. He’s probably seen Bey’s video numerous times, the dirty old man.
NOTE TO BILLY
Jealous of Jay Z, you dirty old man.