Are people actually outraged and upset about this Bill O’Reilly/Maxine Waters thing? Is that possible?
In case you missed it, the controversy started on Tuesday morning when O’Reilly was a guest on Fox & Friends. After the show played a clip of Rep. Waters criticizing Donald Trump, the hosts asked O’Reilly to respond.
“I didn’t hear a word she said,” he said. “I was looking at the James Brown wig.”
After a bit of laughter, host Ainsley Earhardt, probably sensing the Political Correctness sirens in the distance, said, “I have to defend her on that. You can’t go after a woman’s looks. I think she’s very attractive.”
O’Reilly said, “I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive. I love James Brown. But it’s the same hair James Brown, the Godfather of Soul had.”
Okay, so that’s the whole thing right there. That’s why people were going nuts on social media – and in the, ahem, real media – and calling on Fox News to fire their signature primetime star. Because he made an extremely mild joke about a black woman’s hair? A joke, we might add, that wasn’t even so much a joke as it was a factual observation. No one can look upon Maxine’s…attractive, is that the word we’re going with?…visage without eventually humming “Living in America” in their head. Maybe it’s childish to point that out. Maybe it’s a little mean-spirited. But that’s about the worst you can say about it, unless you’re a tightwad of the tightest order.
But no, of course that’s not the worst you can say about it – not if you are an angry liberal always looking for the next story that will take you from “bored” to “outraged.” And that’s really all this comes down to, right? This is about people who have so little joy in their lives that they have to find constant outlets for their rage. And the rage monster is always getting hungrier, so this lunatic mob has to invent new boundaries for speech and behavior and opinion.
Alas, advertisers have their demands, so O’Reilly was forced to come back in his evening program and issue one of those pitiful public apologies we’ve seen so many times from so many people.
“Although many Americans disagree with her extremism at times, she deserves a hearing and she should not be marginalized by political opponents,” O’Reilly said. “In fact, I made that mistake this morning on ‘Fox and Friends.’ I said in a simple jest that the congressman’s hair distracted me. Well, that was stupid. I apologize.”
Will that be enough, or will bored liberal idiots once again get their pound of flesh? Tune in to next week’s episode of This is What’s Wrong with America to find out.