Bill O'Reilly: Beyoncé Is a Bad Influence

Bill O'Reilly, Beyoncé

Bill O'Reilly: Beyoncé Is a Bad Influence

Fox News hosts takes aim at Queen Bey's Time magazine cover, says she doesn't care that "young girls are getting pregnant" in the Black community.

Published April 28, 2014

Bill O'Reilly's one-man tirade against Beyoncé is still going strong.

She has yet to respond to anything that he has said in the past, but O'Reilly has been feverish in lambasting the singer. His latest beef with Bey is that he believes her to be partially responsible for the "cultural deficits" in Black and Hispanic communities, where "children are doing things harmful to them[selves]."

O'Reilly shared his views during a segment on his Fox News show, The O'Reilly Factory, in response to Time magazine naming her its most influential person of the year. He was joined by radio broadcaster Eboni Williams and Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America. 

"My chief complaint is, for adults I couldn't care less, but she knows — this woman knows — that young girls are getting pregnant in the African-American community. Now, it's about 70 percent, she knows and doesn't seem to care. That's my problem with her."

Queen Bey has gotten flack for the "hyper-sexual" lyrics and accompanying music videos off her self-titled fifth studio album. The fact that she's married and became a mother years after tying the knot doesn't play into how she has influenced young girls into getting pregnant out of wedlock, O'Reilly said. The idea that she's empowering women is another touchy subject for the political pundit. "The empowering stuff is just so much garbage," he concluded. "I can't even believe it. Empowering what? She sings songs."

"She doesn't use her power for good often," added Nance. "She has a great marriage apparently … I wish she would talk to kids in that [the Black] community about marriage, about getting married first and then having a child." 

O'Reilly countered by acknowledging that Mrs. Carter could be speaking to youngsters about getting married first and having children second. Still, her music and sexy image speak volumes because "that's what people see," he said. 

Williams chimed in with a different perspective, putting the responsibility on parents versus the celebrities that youngsters look up to. Nonetheless, O'Reilly remains staunch in his belief that Bey is still a threat to the well-being of young Black girls.

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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