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O'Reilly is Confused: Why Do Black People Like Michael Jackson?

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by TheCount, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    Bill O’Reilly can’t figure out why African Americans would care about Michael Jackson’s death. “Michael Jackson has white children, and he chose to have white children,” he said on his show last night. “And the face deal, I don’t even want to get into.” Yet a recent Pew polls shows black Americans have been more interested in Jackson’s various memorials than white Americans. “The black community in America—Sharpton is there, Jackson is there—are rallying to this,” he continued, “and I’m going, ‘What? There’s no racial component to this story at all!’”

    Video: http://www.newser.com/story/63763/why-do-black-people-like-michael-jackson-oreilly.html
  2. mldardy

    mldardy Well-Known Member

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    I think a better question would be 'Why does Bill O'Reilly care that black people like Michael Jackson?'
  3. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    O'Reilly says some bazaar things trying to make a point.

    :confused:
  4. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    fixed it for ya zrin.

    people say stupid things in here all the time we validate by responding. he just does it on a larger scale.
  5. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    He's not that far out in his thinking. My dad said something similar after the BET Awards. Michael never gave BET the time of day when he was alive...well, maybe after his last molestation case...and when he tried to claim his record company was racist or some such nonsense. Otherwise, he pretty much gave BET the finger.

    It doesn't mean black people owned Michael Jackson. His popularity spanned the world...and as such he didn't have to cater to black people.
  6. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    No kiddin.
  7. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Yes, some of his comments are reminiscent of things I have heard in a flea market type setting.......
  8. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Oh oh!!! Hoofbite caught me misspelling a word while I am running my waterjet machine at my shop.....

    I am so embarrassed.

    :rolleyes:
  9. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Lighten up a little. It was supposed to be funny.
  10. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    then we'll reclassify as "fail" but at least not "epic".
  11. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    And mine was not? Or should I have spelled that "knot"?

    It gets so confusing in these flea markets.
  12. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Why is this news?

















    :muttley:
  13. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    Relatives of Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Decry Lack of Coverage Amid Jackson Spectacle

    Tuesday, July 07, 2009
    By Joshua Rhett Miller


    A day before New York Rep. Peter King called Michael Jackson a “pervert” unworthy of nonstop media coverage, the aunt of a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan on the same day Jackson died asked why her nephew's death went virtually unnoticed while the King of Pop got memorial shrines across the country.

    "Mr. Jackson received days of wall-to-wall coverage in the media," Martha Gillis wrote to the Washington Post. "Where was the coverage of my nephew or the other soldiers who died that week?"

    Gillis' nephew, Lt. Brian Bradshaw, 24, died in Kheyl, Afganistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Bradshaw, of Steilacoom, Wash., was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division in Fort Richardson, Alaska. He was one of at least 13 U.S. soldiers to die in Afghanistan since Jackson's death on June 25.

    Bradshaw's mother, Mary, said she agreed with Gillis, saying the nonstop coverage of Jackson's death has become "totally ridiculous" and laughable.

    "I can watch the news many nights and there's no mention of what's going on in Afghanistan or Iraq and there's boys dying over there," Bradshaw told FOXNews.com. "Oh God, I can't talk."

    Gillis, of Springfield, Va., could not be reached for comment. In her letter to the Washington Post, she described Bradshaw as a "thoroughly decent person with a wry sense of humor" who loved history, particularly the Civil War.

    "He had old-fashioned values and believed that military service was patriotic and that actions counted more than talk," Gillis wrote. "He wasn't much for talking, although he could communicate volumes with a raised eyebrow."

    Bradshaw, who graduated from Pacific Lutheran University, was the product of a military family. His father, Paul, is a retired National Guard helicopter pilot, and his mother is a retired Army nurse.

    "He was a search-and-rescue volunteer, an altar boy, a camp counselor," Gillis' letter continued. "He carried the hopes and dreams of his parents willingly on his shoulders. What more than that did Michael Jackson do or represent that earned him memorial 'shrines,' while this soldier's death goes unheralded?"

    Gillis said the only media outlets that covered Bradshaw's death were in his hometown of Steilacoom, Wash., and those where he was stationed before his deployment in March.

    Gillis' sentiment echoes that of King, the Long Island, N.Y., congressman who called on society to stop "glorifying" Jackson in a YouTube video posted on Monday.

    King said Jackson had been excessively praised in the days after his death while society ignored the efforts of teachers, police officers and veterans. In the two-minute video, King called the "day in and day out" coverage of Jackson's death "too politically correct."

    "Let's knock out the psychobabble," he said in the video, which was taped outside an American Legion Hall in his district. "He was a pervert, a child molester; he was a pedophile. And to be giving this much coverage to him, day in and day out, what does it say about us as a country? I just think we're too politically correct."

    King, who is among the possible Republican contenders to run against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, acknowledged that Jackson "may have been a good singer" and "did some dancing," but he blasted the King of Pop as someone who could not be trusted around children.

    "There's nothing good to say about this guy," King continued. "But the bottom line is, would you let your child or grandchild be in the same room as Michael Jackson?"
  14. Avaj

    Avaj Peace Be Still

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    Agree
  15. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    No, I would prefer if it were epic.
  16. Temo

    Temo Active Member

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    True story: Michael Jackson broke MTV's "color barrier" in 1983, nearly 3 years after the network's creation. "Billie Jean" was the first music video played by MTV that featured a black artist.
  17. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Because Bush is no longer President.
    We now return you to your regularly scheduled program; you may now put your head back in the sand, regarding foreign affairs and pretend it's the 90's all over again.
  18. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    You have to admit, they are dragging this thing out. We're talking about a mere entertainer here, not a head of state. President Kennedy died on a Friday and was buried the following Monday, yet Jacko's rotting corpse still lingers above ground, exploited by his no-account, money-hungry family.
  19. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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    To be fair, celebrities tend to get much more press coverage then the "average" person. Heck, when Anna Nicole Smith died, that was huge news for several weeks. I think you have to look at society when trying to find out why.
  20. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    It's a good thing I don't watch TV...

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