Fox’s Bill O’Reilly Asks Russell Simmons To Explain Why Beyonce Made ‘Partition’
Bill O’Reilly is outraged (again) and this time it’s because Beyonce made “Partition.”
With Russell Simmons as his guest, Bill O’Reilly — champion of “children at risk, especially minority kids without parental guidance,” according to him — asked Uncle Rush why Beyonce would make a song and a video that talks about sex in a car and makes references to Monica Lewinsky.
Simmons was actually there to promote his book Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple, so a couple of times, he tried to turn the conversation back to this idea of spending time with children doing yoga, at home and in schools. But answering more directly, he spoke about art reflecting life and how artists have always been subject to criticism for their work.
“Why on Earth would this woman do that?… Why would she do it when she knows the devastation of unwanted pregnancies… and fractured families?” O’Reilly asks severely. After all, kids look up to her and she’s worth $350 million. (What does her net worth have to do with anything? But OK.) Moreover, he thinks entertainers and “moguls” have an obligation to protect children.
Simmons’ response: Men think about sex, statistics say, every 12 seconds. The song reflects a reality.
O’Reilly frames the conversation as part of his ongoing effort to counter what he calls “harmful entertainment” that’s targeted to “unsupervised children.” Clearly this isn’t a song targeted at children, supervised or not. At-risk children have got many problems sadly, and Beyonce making a song is the least of them. Rather than questioning whether this is art, he’d be better advised to rail against what we’re doing and not doing — politically and socially — to create healthier, supervised environments for the kids who lack them. That’s the way to curb unwanted pregnancy and all the other problems he’s so passionate about.
We’ll step off our soapbox now and leave you to take in the interview yourself. What do you think of all this?