News flash: Bill O’Reilly doesn’t like rappers. A lot of people don’t. But O’Reilly, like a lot of people who don’t like rappers, tends to paint them in a nice, broad brush of ignorance and dickishness, avoiding any “annoying” nuance like a Mos Def, Lyrics Born or Jean Grae record.
Recently, Bill and his wingman, Dennis Miller got to play the “Good Negro/Bad Negro” game, mocking and poo-pooing the antics of Jay-Z and some character called “Young Jeezy,” who were really, really excited about Barack Obama being president and celebrated it with lots of profanity. Who wasn’t? So they got their Bush Bash on before rocking the mic. O’Reilly and Miller apparently thought this was shameful and not becoming of the new, “Good Negro” Administration of Barack Obama.
After all, how will us black folks learn right from wrong if Dennis Miller and Bill O’Reilly don’t show us what is (and isn’t) appropriate Patriotic American behavior? We just became patriots (after being in this country since its inception, fighting in all its wars and helping build the damn thing from the ground up), like, two weeks ago. Some one has to gently usher us through this new, flag-waving phase in our political adolescence.
Long-story short: They sounded like ass-hats. But they always do. Yet, rather than ignoring the ass-hats, hip hop mogul, pioneer, yoga-aficionado and serial model dater Russell Simmons has decided enough is enough.
He’s stickin’ up for “the poets.”
Hip-Hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons has joined the mix of artists speaking out against Bill O’Reilly following a segment on O’Reilly’s Fox News program in which he and Dennis Miller criticized rappers Young Jeezy and Jay-Z for remarks they made at an inaugural ball last month. Whereas Young Jeezy publicly accepted O’Reilly’s offer for him to appear on his show to debate the issue of rappers criticizing former President Bush, Simmons wants to change the playing field, requesting O’Reilly to post a blog on his site, Global Grind.
“As editor-in-chief of Global Grind, I am calling out Bill O’ Reilly,” Simmons wrote. “If you really want to speak to the hip-hop community, even with your consistent targeted comments that take issue with what some hip-hop artists and other cultural leaders have said about America and about the world in which we all live, then I invite Bill O’ Reilly to write a blog directly to the hip-hop nation …
“For far too long Bill has used The O’ Reilly Factor on Fox News to spew inaccurate statements and ideological taunts about hip-hop,” Simmons continued in today’s blog. “We believe in dialogue, but it should be a real dialogue face to face, blog to blog.”
Part of me wants to tell Big Russ that when you wrestle a pig the pig usually enjoys it way more than you (and gets good ratings out of it), meaning, O’Reilly doesn’t care about you or anyone else who disagrees with him. Not caring about you and being an asshat is how he makes his “livin’s.” This is like when Sean Hannity plays the “Hannity Hate” phone calls to bask in the glow of how he thinks all people who disagree with him are — loud, profane, ignoramuses with schoolyard taunt arguments. Idiots, basically, where he can feel superior.
O’Reilly bashes rappers because it makes him feel good and it gets him ratings and very few people criticize him for it, including most black people who also have their love-hate relationship with the genre we created. And like politicians, lawyers and journalists, you can slap around a rapper as much as you like and no one will really care because people hate rappers. Just like how they hate politicians and journalists and lawyers. Someone abuses a dog and people get upset. Shoot a rapper and the police will NEVER FIND WHO SHOT YOU!
Michael Vick went to prison. Yet Tupac, Biggie and Jam Master Jay’s murders goes unsolved. Where’s the justice?
But, hey, if Russell wants to challenge O’Reilly to a “blog-off,” fine. That makes no sense, considering Bill-O has not only a TV show, but a radio show, a Web site and numerous books and has no real incentive to show up on Global Grind because, as I stated before, he could give a flying fuck, but maybe he’ll show up. You know? For poops and giggles.
Why throw poo on Simmons’ site when he can freely throw poo with Miller as his hype man from his perch on The Factor? And if he’s trying to call O’Reilly out as a punk who won’t step out of the safety of the field he has rigged in his favor to play … um, that’s been called on already.
He just shouts louder.
That’s all. Louder shouting. He learns nothing. He’d probably write that blog post in ALL CAPS. But a Simmons has to do what a Simmons has to do.
Bill O’ Reilly, you are at the top of our list. Blog now or stay in the Spin Zone. Don’t worry about Rush Limbaugh because he is next on the Global Grind list.
(Source: Global Grind)
And now to leave this Bill O’Reilly related post the way I leave all the others. With a lil’ techno mastermix.* (If you’re at work, you might want to put on headphones.)
WE’LL DO IT LIVE!
*I swear. I actually paid the 99 cents to download this from iTunes because I wanted to celebrate the remix work of whoever this dude is. This clip brings me incredible joy and makes a great jam for exercising or just dancing the daily BS out. It replaced DMX’s “Party Up” for me as the ultimate, “Screw this! I’m going home” song.