If you watch the O’Reilly Factor then you know he always has a lot to say about controversial matters in the news. Whether you agree with his views or not is entirely your choice. This time O’Reilly spoke out against Beyonce’s latest music video for “Partition”. The video has received a lot of mixed reviews. Some praise the video for the sexy outfits and dance moves. However, others aren’t happy with Beyonce’s choice of lyrical content and the strip club scenes in the video. O’Reilly happens to be one of those angry, “concerned” people. Are you surprised?
During his interview with Def Jam Recordings co-founder, Russell Simmons, O’Reilly decided to discuss his opinion of the “Partition” music video. Even though the initial reason for the interview was to discuss Simmons’ new book “Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple”. Why O’Reilly wanted Simmons opinion of the video instead of asking the source, Beyonce, left me utterly confused as well as many other viewers of the O’Reilly Factor. I am sure Beyonce can speak for her own actions and decisions. In any case, Simmons proudly defended Beyonce’s music video. “She’s a brilliant artist. She’s not only appreciated by people of color, as you know, she’s really one of the top artists in the world to people of every color”. O’Reilly was not happy with Simmons’ defense. He questioned Beyonce’s definition of art. He recited lyrics from the song where she is referencing Monica Lewinsky and mentions the act of engaging in sexual relations in the back seat of a car. He argued “Teenage girls look up to Beyonce. Particularly girls 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 Beyonce do that?” O’Reilly went further with his argument by stating many unsupervised children who do not have proper parenting and upbringing, are heavily influenced by the entertainment media. He felt Beyonce is promoting negative behavior for young girls and in many ways, giving them reason to believe sexual intercourse should not be taken seriously. Simmons, flustered from the conversation at that point, quickly replied “I think the artist’s job throughout history has been to tell the same things that people are inspired by. So when an artist expresses something that is sexual in music, it’s a reflection of our reality. My daughters make choices based on the inspiration that we give them as parents”. O’Reilly interjected. “But you’re a good father. What about the kids who don’t have an amazing mother and an okay father? What about them?” He even attacked Beyonce’s husband, Jay Z and friend Kanye West. He called them “gangster rappers” who are oblivious to the negative effect their music has on the younger generation. O’Reilly closed his argument by stating “You have to attack the fundamental disease if you want to cure it. You’re going to have to get people like Jay-Z, Kanye West, all these gangsta rappers, to knock it off”.
This must have been an uncomfortable position for Simmons. He was brought to the interview to promote his new book, but instead had to defend something he had absolutely no part of.
The questions still remain. Are celebrities responsible for the message and image they portray to the younger generations? Why doesn’t O’Reilly attempt to contact Beyonce, the source of the alleged problem, instead of asking other people who are not involved?” Do you agree with O’Reilly’s views on the “Partition” video? If you have been living under a rock and never seen it, you can watch the video HERE.