Bill O’Reilly Claims Beyoncé Is Influencing Teen Pregnancy
Conservative political pundit Bill O’Reilly is once again taking issue with Beyoncé.
Last month, the TV personality criticized the singer’s risqué music video for “Partition” during an interview with producer Russell Simmons, stating (via Spin), “Beyoncé…She puts out a new album with a video that glorifies having sex in the back of a limousine. Teenage girls look up to Beyoncé, particularly girls of color…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 Beyoncé do that?”
O’Reilly discussed the matter just days later while appearing as a guest on Conan, explaining that Bey’s sexy behavior was inappropriate because, “A lot of young girls, who don’t have responsible parents, idolize her.”
Now, O’Reilly has once again made some pretty steep allegations about the pop star’s views on teen pregnancy.
Last night on The O’Reilly Factor, the news host discussed Beyoncé’s cover of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” issue; an accolade he doesn’t think she deserves.
“The ’empowering’ stuff is just so much garbage,” O’Reilly stated of Beyoncé’s image (via The Guardian). “Empowering what? She sings songs.”
“Beyoncé knows that young girls [are] getting pregnant in the African-American community, and now it’s about 70 percent [who are] out of wedlock,” he continued. “She should be smart enough to know what she is doing now is harming some children.”
The host also referred to Bey as a “negative influence” on young girls as a whole, particularly in poor communities where they are “unsupervised.”
Beyoncé has yet to respond to O’Reilly, and judging from her silence following the “Partition” comments, it’s doubtful that she’ll reply this time around.
Meanwhile, the pop superstar just announced a co-headlining tour with husband Jay Z, which will kick off this summer.
What do you think about Billy O’Reilly’s interpretation of Beyoncé and her message to young girls? Share your thoughts in the comments section!