Bill O’Reilly is just another racist misogynist man to add to the extensive list. Comparing Rep. Maxine Water’s hair to a James Brown wig is beyond logical minds as to what he was thinking to even come for a woman of her caliber in such a manner.
He needs to take several seats ASAP.
When asked to comment on a speech by Maxine Waters where she questioned Donald Trump’s patriotism, O’Rielly opted to focus on her appearance claiming that he was so distracted by her hair he was unable to listen to her speech.
Focusing on her appearance first as opposed to her words on a political matter only reinforces that a woman is still objectified no matter how educated she may be.
If you’re a woman, a man feels that he is entitled to making the decision as to whether or not he wants to listen to you and that he can do or say whatever he wants (Our current president being a prime example)
But if you’re a person of color AND a woman…Good luck. The struggle of getting old white men who feel ‘entitled’ to listen such as O’Reilly is a battle within itself. They do whatever they can to break down and intimidate those they feel threatened by.
Would the same have been told to a white woman? There is a long on going history when it comes to black women and the topic of hair. This is a topic that stings all too much; the black community is constantly ridiculed for having hair that is different to the ‘norm’.
Despite O’Rielly trying to veer the conversation another direction with his comments, they have not stopped Waters from addressing how she still feels about Trump and his administration.
The hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork began to trending on twitter not long after O'Reilly's comments, that discussed the challenges that black women face at work.
According to CNN.com Waters told MSNBC's Chris Hayes that she didn't care about O'Reilly.
"I am a strong black woman.I cannot be intimidated, and i'm not going anywhere."