Bill O'Reilly, everybody's favorite blowhard at the state-run FOX News network, has gotten himself in hot water again. It all stems from a pleasant night out on the town with his new best friend, Al Sharpton. The two of them recently ventured deep into the heart of black America to enjoy some soul food at Sylvia's restaurant. Here's his take on his wild night in Harlem…
"We had a great time, and all the people up there are tremendously respectful," adding, "I couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it's run by blacks, primarily black patronship." Later in the conversation, he was discussing the effect of rap on the culture and said "There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, I want more iced tea.' You know, I mean, everybody was — it was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn't any kind of craziness at all."
So apparently Billo was expecting a pretty wild scene at Sylvia's. He must have thought that the diners would be screaming insults and curse words at each other while perhaps engaging in a fun-filled food fight. He just "couldn't get over" the fact that black folks can sit down and eat a civilized dinner in a restaurant just like the rest of us. Who knew? Who would have guessed that blacks are capable of such refinement? Billo has really stumbled upon a highly significant sociological discovery. Thank you, sir. You are a great American.
Of course, the ironic part of O'Reilly's observation is that he thinks he's complimenting blacks. He just can't understand why so many people feel offended by his remarks. And, as usual, he chalks the whole brouhaha up to a "smear job" by that "far-left smear site, Media Matters." The sad truth is that B.O. is genetically incapable of self-reflection and self-criticism. Nothing is ever his fault. It's always somebody else out to get him. They're obviously jealous and want to bring down his empire.
So is Bill O'Reilly a racist or just really ignorant? I'm guessing both. I think it's fair to say that anyone who bases his expectations of a person's behavior on their skin color can be called a racist. It's not the kind of in-your-face racism that we saw from Michael Richards, for example, but it's still racism.
Ignorant? A cursory examination of his many writings and ravings will confirm that analysis.
Let's see, there was the time he invited al Qaeda to destroy San Francisco…
We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.
Then there was his humanistic wish about Hurricane Katrina…
I just wish Katrina had only hit the United Nations building, nothing else, just had flooded them out, and I wouldn't have rescued them.
But in perhaps his most compassionate moment, he implied that an 11-year-old kidnap victim had enjoyed his captivity…
The situation here for this kid looks to me to be a lot more fun than what he had under his old parents. He didn't have to go to school. He could run around and do whatever he wanted.
O'Reilly is the kind of guy who will say anything, whether it's true or not, to make a point. But if someone is bold enough to point out that the emperor has no clothes, Billo will lash out at the accuser with a white-hot fervor, labeling him a far-left liberal, a secular humanist, or his ultimate put-down, a pinhead. The fact that he has such a huge audience says something very sad and very scary about the American viewing public.
O'Reilly has proven the truth of the old adage that you'll never go broke underestimating the taste of the American public.