Tuesday, July 7, 2009

O’Reilly’s wisdom re: Michael Jackson

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Pardon me for using an outdated term, but “outdated” is the theme here: If there’s a more clueless square than Bill O’Reilly in this world, I don’t want to know about it. Yesterday, O’Reilly showed his deep ignorance and lack of affinity for his own nation’s culture, and how it has changed since the days of I Love Lucy, by his doofus comments on Michael Jackson. Since the singer died, the media has gone predictably nuts in the way the media always does — at least in the last, say, 25 years — when something happens that affects lots of people. O’Reilly, who has shown many times how oblivious he is to cultural changes, is apparently amazed at how much adulation is being directed toward Jackson since the singer’s death last week. Moreover, he’s really excited that — gasp! — African-Americans are following the Jackson story more intently than white people, “even though he chose to have white children ... and the face deal, I don’t want to get into it ...” Take a look at this bit of banality, in which O’Reilly manages to get in some sexist condescension toward his two female guests while also insulting an entire racial group and a deceased popular entertainer — whose tribute/memorial service/concert takes place in Los Angeles whether O’Reilly likes it or not.

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