Bill O'Reilly's War on Hip Hop
Bill O'Reilly hates a lot of things – San Francisco, small boobs and gays to name a few – but he, like his father before him, finds nothing more off-putting than black people. The strange humility of the race confuses him to no end, as does the difference between Black Panthers and the Ku Klux Klan. But what truly irks the red-faced, Irish shouting head is that wild African jungle music. Rap and its young male purveyors are ever-throbbing dark pains in Billdo's ass, and the battle between him and them has been waged for years. Pick a side, America.
Billdo vs Cam'ron
This interview goes wrong as soon as O'Reilly introduces Harlem rapper Cam'ron by saying his music is all about "pimping and bitches." "Pimping and bitches?" asks a confused Cam, who also raps about violence in New York and a troubled childhood rife with neglect. Later, despite the fact that he has an established history of using "four-letter words" himself, both to sexually harass women and berate his subordinates, O'Reilly can't stress enough to Cam'ron that his music has too much swearing.
Besides Cam'ron's constant head bobbing and disinterest in O'Reilly's feigned outrage, the best part of this interview is when an elementary school principal invited onto the show to further admonish Cam instead immediately says he's a "big fan." The principal then notes that, contrary to popular belief, a lot of his young students are bright and aware enough to understand that much of what the rapper says on records is obnoxious tough talk designed to make money, not life lessons. Bill ignores all this and continues yelling and interrupting everyone.
Billdo vs Nas
The bad blood between O'Reilly and Nas ("Naaaaaz," as Billdo says) goes back to 2007's Virginia Tech massacre. Following the incident, Queens emcee Nas was asked to perform at a campus-wide memorial concert for the fallen students. At this, Bill had an aneurysm. Citing Nas' "violent as they come" lyrics and past arrest on a gun charge, O'Reilly sought to have the rapper removed from the concert lineup, calling it "insulting the murder victims of Virginia Tech." The Virginia Tech administration wisely ignored Billdo's protestations and let Nas play. Ever since, the very mature O'Reilly does things like poke fun at Nas' slumping record sales without mentioning that record sales for all musicians are down.
Billdo vs Ludacris
O'Reilly also has a history with Ludacris. In 2003, the cable host was so infuriated by Pepsi's decision to hire Luda as a spokesperson that he called for his viewers to boycott the cola brand. O'Reilly would later lie and say that he never called for a boycott, but whatever he did, it worked, and Pepsi dropped the rapper. The entire time he was complaining about Ludacris' ties to Pepsi, O'Reilly didn't once mention the foul-mouthed, dysfunctional (rich, white) antics of Ozzy Osbourne and family, who were also on the soda's payroll.
In this video, it's five years later and O'Reilly is still going off on Ludacris. This time it's for singing a song about "painting the White House black" and how that's not going to go over well with "white, blue collar guys," all of whom won't vote for Obama because his black brother rapped some stupid song, and Obama will lose.
Billdo (and Dennis Miller) vs Young Jeezy and Jay-Z
And now this. In his most recent anti-rap screed, Billdo is outraged by the behavior of black men Young Jeezy and Jay-Z, who staged a show the day before Obama's inauguration and rapped about how excited they were to have a president of color. FOR SHAME!
No calls for boycotts or condescending interviews in this video, just a lot of moments of O'Reilly and his eccentric, irrelevant clown friend Dennis Miller calling Young Jeezy and Jay-Z "low class" and mocking hip hop slang. Oh, we get it: black jokes! Ha ha ha ha…ha? This is your top-rated cable news program, America.