Fox News host Bill O’Reilly put Beyoncé on blast, saying her “Partition” video is too explicit for her fans.
Russell Simmons was a guest on his show, The O’Reilly Factor to help promote his book about the benefits of meditation in schools, but somehow the conversation changed to Beyoncé after a brief mention of President Obama’s new ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative to help young black children of color.
O’Reilly notes he has always been “very critical of harmful entertainment marketed to largely unsupervised children,” and questioned why Beyoncé would portray having sex in a limousine when there are so many unwanted teen pregnancies.
Explain this, Beyoncé. I saw her sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Brilliant. She puts out a new album with a video that glorifies having sex in the back of a limousine. Teenage girls look up to Beyoncé, particularly women of color. She’s an idol to them. Why on earth would this woman do that? Why would she do it when she knows the devastation that unwanted pregnancies and fractured families — why would Beyoncé do that?
He continued, calling the video “exploitative garbage that you know harms impressionable children.”
Russell Simmons tried to re-direct the conversation back to why he was there, but Bill wasn’t having it.
Bill pressed on:
“I think what Beyoncé has done is inexplicable and I’m asking you, Russell Simmons, to explain it to me.”
Russell did the best he could, but Bill just wouldn’t let him get a word in.
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