Bill O'Reilly Compares Homosexuals to Al Qaeda


Bill O'Reilly
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Author, talk show host and always-angry-man Bill O'Reilly drew (more) controversy this week when he compared gay men to ... wait for it ... Al Qaeda terrorists on his FoxNews show.

While discussing the French TV ad for McDonald's that features a young gay man, Fox Host Jane Skinner explained the "come as you are" campaign. The goal of these spots is to welcome more diversity to the fast-food chain.

O'Reilly then asks: "Do they have an al-Qaeda ad? You know, 'come as they are,'" he says and then mimics an exploding a bomb.

Normally my first reaction to that kind of bigotry is to get all fired up, but this time, I suppressed a yawn. Because, really, does anyone actually care what Bill O'Reilly says anymore?

OK, so I guess there must be people out there must be listening to him since he somehow maintains his audience and keeps raking in the dough, but why? Hasn't his hate speech and bigotry jumped the shark yet? Are we really surprised when this oddly freckled talking head says yet another offensive, off-base, insane thing?

To be sure, the ad itself has not been entirely well received in the gay community, with many complaining that the spot -- which, depicts a father, who clearly does not know his son is gay, telling his gay teenage son that he was "quite the ladies man" -- does not really depict gay empowerment.

Regardless, the sentiment is important and McDonald's is trying to be more inclusive or, more cynically speaking, they are trying to feed their bottom line. So, Bill O'Reilly, what is your problem, dude?

I have no use for this kind of bigotry, either in my real life or on television. O'Reilly has made comments like these before. Last year he compared trangendered people to Ewoks and suggested they would frighten people.

We have one of two choices when thinking about Bill O'Reilly:

1.) He is too stupid to understand his words and thinks he is funny.


2.) He is trying to get ratings.

Either way, let's just mute the guy and move on to more intelligent topics.

What do you think of his comments? Do you watch Bill O'Reilly?






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Pundi... PunditMom

It is SO much past time to just ignore this guy.

pnwmom pnwmom

Yet another reason I do not watch any Fox news shows. 

nonmember avatar Catherine

This article is written by a moran.  He wasn't comparing gays to al qaeda, he was saying so anything goes! 

You are either an American OR a Democrat. 


stare... starestrada

I dont listen to anything he says :(

fine1956 fine1956

Wrong again lefties, he gets five times the viewers the idiot Olberman gets at the same time slot.  And once again the left has taken the comment out of context and twisted the meaning.  Not surprised, it is so, so predictable.  I do believe John is above calling teapartiers yet another obscene name.  But then this is okay on this site.  Isnt it?? I did report, we'll see.

jeann... jeannesager

"You are either an American OR a Democrat."

Excuse me? Caring about your country makes you an American. You don't have to agree with everything someone else says, but at least they are an active participant in the process. That is our duty as American citizens -- to show up and be counted.

Cafe... Cafe Suzanne


I do hope you reported the "moran" comment as well as name calling is not allowed -- or is it okay as long as you agree with it?

I'm also not sure what you meant by "this is okay on this site" because if you bothered to read it, you would find we actually have a good representation of both conservative and liberal bloggers (Repbublicans, Democrats, Independents, and Green) in the news channel. I'm guessing you would consider our coverage more "fair and balanced" if we got rid of the liberals?

29again 29again

"You are either an American OR a Democrat."

Excuse me?


Thank YOU, jeannesager!  This comment is so uncalled for, and so untrue!  This implies that Dem's are NOT American, which is NOT TRUE!  We do need both parts of our two-party system, even when we don't agree completely with the other party!  And as for Mr. O'Reilly, I do watch his show almost every night.  He is a commentator, which means he gives HIS opinion.  That does not mean that everyone who watches agrees 100%, nor does it mean that he is correct 100% of the time.  He is one man, who tries to be fair, presenting an issue and then argues both sides of it.  And considering that he is a conservative, he does a pretty decent job of presenting both sides. 

It would be nice if people could start to listen to the whole segment before they take one single line and run with it.  This kind of smear has happened to way too many people, and for a bunch of adults, it is just shameful.

hotic... hoticedcoffee

29again said it perfectly - people hear a sound bite and get all riled up, not even bothering to apply ANY though process to whether the "outrage" makes sense.  There was no comparison of gays to Al Qaeda at all - simply asking if another demographic gets the same treatment as the first demographic does not equate the demographics.  

fine1956 fine1956

No Suzanne - I dont approve of any of it.  But when Palin is called a zit on an ass, not a word.  And when I see the word teabagger for sincere citizens, not once but often, moron seems tame.  I am not for censorship with adult discourse, unlike this administration trying to shut down fox, or any other conservative station. Nor did I appreciate that little fascist attempt for quelching free speech last year by the White House requesting the public "report"  opposition when written, and the author. Positively spiiting at the constitution. No excuse me, trashing the constitution.  

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