Almost invariably, Bill O’Reilly yells from the confines of the television in my Nana’s living room. Nana likes to keep the TV on for background noise and she loves Fox News. I typically do my best to ignore Bill’s rants, but once in a while, I just can’t look away.
Such was the case when O’Reilly railed against Eminem for his portrayal of Sarah Palin in music video “We Made You,” as well as the big bad liberal media outlets who haven’t publicly denounced Eminem as a result. O’Reilly speculates that Eminem hasn’t been adequately criticized because liberals and feminists don’t really care about women, especially conservative ones. What’s more, Bill rants and raves specifically over the sexualization of Palin and fails to acknowledge the objectification of any other women in the video.*
By the end of the above clip, O’Reilly seems less upset about the misogynistic representation of Sarah Palin than he does about the lack of left-wing media coverage about said representation of Palin. Obviously society at large needs to amp up the critical (and feminist) response to pop culture, but I’m skeptical that Bill really cares about media sexism…or sexism in general…
Anyway, Bitch may not be the media outlet Bill wants to speak up in reaction to “We Made You,” but our very own Kelsey Wallace wrote an open letter to Eminem about the video. Maybe I should forward that letter on to Bill so he can add his to his very short list of feminist groups who care about women.**
* Umm Bill, did you happen to notice Kim Kardashian going through the wood chipper?
** “Is there any honest feminist group in the country that puts politics aside, ideology aside, and tries to protect women?” –O’Reilly
In closing, I leave you with this gem from Bill:
“You’re a feminist, correct? You remain a practicing feminist. Is that why you have the leather jacket on?”