I hate Bill O'Reilly. However, I was very surprised to somewhat agree with his views on Michael Jackson during his Talking Points segment. (Mind you, I said, "somewhat".) Whether you love or hate Michael Jackson, I highly recommend you watch this.
Bill O'Reilly talked about how Rep. Peter King called Michael Jackson a "pedophile" and was accused of racism. Though I disagree with King calling him that name - it was inappropriate and a terrible accusation - I agree with O'Reilly that it doesn't mean he's racist. O'Reilly also complained how during Michael Jackson's memorial service Al Sharpton elevated the pop-star to the level of MLK Jr. This was a bit overboard; Sharpton made it sound as if Michael Jackson singlehandedly broke all racial barriers.
However, as expected, O'Reilly eventually frustrated me with his insensitive comments. He accused Michael Jackson of "spending hundreds of millions of dollars on himself while singing We Are The World." MJ was a very caring person and set a record for the number of charities he supported. He also made us more socially aware. To imply Michael Jackson was selfish and didn't care about others is absurd.
Bill O'Reilly spoke to Fox correspondent Marc Lamont Hill PH. D following his talking points. It really bothered me that O'Reilly failed to see that Michael Jackson had any sort of impact on breaking racial barriers. Though he wasn't MLK Jr., his acceptance into mainstream music did have an impact on our society.
At the end of the segment, O'Reilly made some extremely insensitive comments: "Why is he being held up by the African-American community...when he bleaches his skin?...Why did he have his kids with white men?" Bill O'Reilly is a complete idiot. Michael Jackson may have had struggles coming to terms with his race, but hat doesn't make him any less African-American. Why should the black community turn their backs on him because of the color of his skin or his children's skin? I feel that sometimes Bill O'Reilly is purposely trying to create problems and turn groups of people against one another.
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