By Scott T. Sterling
While far more famously known for his criticisms of rappers and hip-hop, FOX News political pundit Bill O’Reilly has developed a recent fascination with Beyoncé.
First, O’Reilly took the singer to task for the sexy music video for recent single “Partition”, filmed at famous French burlesque club Crazy Horse, calling it “exploitative garbage.” The O’Reilly Factor host went at the singer again during a visit with David Letterman on The Late Show, where he first cited the “Drunk in Love” star as a reason African-American babies are born out of wedlock.
Now that Time has featured Beyoncé on the cover of it’s “100 Most Influential People” issue, O’Reilly has again lashed out at the singer and her “libertine” values, engaging Penny Nance from Concerned Women for America and political commentator Eboni Williams in the debate.
“This woman knows that young girls getting pregnant in the African-American community and now it’s about 70 percent out of wedlock. She knows and doesn’t seem to care,” O’Reilly stated during the show aired on April 25. “That’s my problem with her… the empowering stuff is just so much garbage. I mean I can’t even believe it. Empowering, what? She sings songs.”
While both Nance and Williams did what they could to defend the superstar during the debate, pointing out that she’s famously married to Jay Z, O’Reilly stood firm in his critique of Beyoncé: “She was born with a talent that God gave her. She has made an enormous amount of money. She should be smart enough to know what she is doing now is harming some children. She doesn’t seem to care.”
In the meantime, Beyoncé and her hubby have officially announced the joint “On The Run” stadium tour for this summer. The sure-to-be-blockbuster outing kicks off on June 25 at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium before wrapping up at San Francisco’s AT&T Park on Aug. 5.