Updated March 28, 2:43 p.m. PT: Bill O’Reilly released a statement addressing the comment toward Maxine Waters:
“As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs. I said that again today on Fox & Friends calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize.”
Maxine Waters is quickly becoming our favorite woke Congressional bae, for obvious reasons.
Waters, who represents California’s 43rd district, gave an impassioned speech against Donald Trump and the Republican Party, saying, “We’re fighting for the democracy. We’re fighting for America… you’re not nearly as patriotic as we are.”
A clip of Waters’ speech was shown on Fox & Friends, where it got exactly zero analysis because O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly was too busy being a racist POS and talking about such important things, like Waters’ hair.
“I didn’t hear a word she said,” he claimed after being asked what he thought of Waters’ speech. “I was looking at the James Brown wig.”
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 28, 2017
No one at the table bothered to acknowledge the inherent racism in O’Reilly’s comment, but Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt did try to rebuke him for one thing.
“You can’t go after a woman’s looks,” she said. “I think she’s very attractive.”
O’Reilly’s response was to double down.
“I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive,” he said. “I love James Brown. But it’s the same hair James Brown had.”
Is it just me, or does that phrase sound a little too close to, “I have black friends! I can’t be a racist!”?
Here's Bill O'Reilly's racist quote about Maxine Waters' hair, written out on his gigantic forehead: pic.twitter.com/MObGe5ipOw
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) March 28, 2017
O’Reilly later invited Waters to come on his show, saying, “You’re all wrong about Maxine Waters. She’s a sincere individual. Whatever she said, she believes. And that’s old-school. We’re giving Maxine a break here. I love you Maxine.”
Sorry, O’Reilly, but maybe next time you feel like “giving Maxine a break,” you can not say something that’s totally racist. Or better yet, just show yourself the door.