Fox News host, Bill O’Reilly is now under fire after he geared his snide commentary towards Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). During his appearance on “Fox & Friends”, O’Reilly chimed in on a clip of Waters addressing the unprofessional behavior of President Donald Trump. However, O’Reilly chose to highlight how she looked instead of what she said.
“I didn’t hear a word she said, I was looking at the James Brown wig,” O’Reilly laughed.
“If we have a picture of James, it’s the same one,” laughed co-host Brian Kilmeade, who also joined in on the insults towards Waters.
Ainsley Earhardt, the female co-host, tried to save the day, attempting to come to Waters’ defense by advising the men not come after a women’s looks. She also added that she believed the congresswoman was ‘attractive’.
However, her comments only added to the segment focusing on the appearance of Waters instead of the congresswoman’s plan to action regarding the President.
It didn’t take long for these Fox News trolls to realize they messed with the wrong woman. Black Women and different organizations quickly took to social media to speak out against O’Reilly and ‘friends’.
A ‘Black Lives Matter’ group (@BLMLansing) used Twitter to campaign for the resignation of O’Reilly, while other people like activist Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) used their social media platforms to call out the ignorance under the hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork.
“Today, we were told a Black woman’s hair matters more than her voice, and our choices are under the control of others,” Packnett tweeted.
“This happens to black women everyday at work. Share your Maxine and April moments, so people don’t think this is rare. Use #BlackWomenAtWork,” she said in another tweet.
The hashtag went viral instantly.
Soon after this, O’Reilly seemed to realize the consequences of his actions, and issued an apology.
“As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs,” said O’Reilly.
“Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair, which was dumb. I apologize,” he ended.
What O’Reilly didn’t know was that Waters was very ‘unbothered’ by his comments. She finally sat down with MSNBC Tuesday evening, bringing receipts of O’Reilly’s ‘checkered past’ while also empowering women in true Maxine Waters form.
“I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O’Reilly or anybody. And I’d like to say to women out there everywhere: Don’t allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people, to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are. Do what you do. And let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country,” said Waters.
Waters ended the evening with an epic tweet, reminding O’Reilly of who she is, in case he forgot.
“I am a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated. And I am not going anywhere. #BlackWomenAtWork.”