News: Bill O'Reilly Slams Michael Jackson, "Enough W/ The Phony Platitudes" [Video]

Thursday, Jul 9, 2009 10:20AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Controversial television host Bill O'Reilly has shared his opinions on the late Michael Jackson and questioned why the media has highlighted the singer's music accomplishments and downplayed his troubled personal life.

In addition to Jackson, the host also called out Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson's recent statements which, he felt, touched on racial issues.

"There's an old saying, 'You can't choose your family,' and it's true," O'Reilly said on his broadcast. "The family of Michael Jackson honored his memory today in Los Angeles and I do not, do not, wish to intrude on that...But Michael Jackson's place in America is a legitimate topic of discussion and 'Talking Points' is just about fed up with all the adulation. It is basically grand standing and pathetic in the extreme. Yes the man was an all-star entertainer but that's it. So enough with the phony platitudes, okay? The truth is Jackson's interactions with children were unacceptable for any adult. His incredible selfishness spending hundreds of millions of dollars on himself while singing 'We Are The World' should make any clear thinking American nauseous and why are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton making this a racial deal? Jackson bleached his own skin and chose white men to provide existence for his in vitro children? I mean, give me a break with all this." ("Talking Points")

O'Reilly is known for calling out popular artists including Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

"Few Americans take the vile rapper Eminem seriously," O'Reilly declared. "He represents the lowest form of entertainment in this country and is a publicity hound to boot. His attack on Sarah Palin [in 'We Made You'], which is very crude, seems to be okay with the media...He's just a, I'm not even gonna do that...It's so crude what he does, kids see it, not adults. Nobody over 25 goes into this stuff...Eminem is obviously on an obscene rant about Sarah Palin, totally obscene, totally inappropriate, nothing good about it." ("The O'Reilly Factor")

Both O'Reilly and comedian Dennis Miller previously took on Jay-Z and Young Jeezy for their pro-Barack Obama "My President Is Black" performance on Inauguration Night 2008.

"I don't give a flying bleep what these two guys think," Miller said. "I thought it was a beautiful day yesterday. If they couldn't ratchet down the hate for a day, then that's their problem not mine. And by the way, you're looking at an obsolete model there because if the dinosaurs were done in by the asteroids, role models in the black community like that are about to be done in by a shooting star named Barack Obama." (YouTube)

Bad Boy producer Deric "D Dot" Angelettie recently discussed his views on the controversial host and justified some of his rants against hip-hop.

"I love it [when he talks hip-hop]," Dot explained in an interview. "We need that. We need more Bill O'Reilly's because all that's gonna provide is more answers and more solutions. We ain't always right in hip-hop, I ain't sitting up here saying that hip-hop and rappers, everything we say is law and is actual factual. All I'm saying is that it's an opinion and it has fact in it. And sometimes there's fact with a little opinion. So I can't knock Bill O'Reilly, that's his opinion, go for it, go for yours. And that's also publicity for him. Hip-Hop is generating a lot of money so why wouldn't he attack it? He's a smart white man, why wouldn't he do that? Attack what's hot. Why would he go attack country, rock? Or country music? Why? For what? (RockMe TV)

Check out Bill O'Reilly's broadcast on Michael Jackson below:

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