O'Reilly mocks Dem Maxine Waters for wearing 'James Brown wig'
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said Tuesday he "didn't hear a word" Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said during recent comments on the House floor because he was focused on "the James Brown wig."Seriously. Watch it:
This right here? Is why women still believe we are not taken seriously. This is why we need loud feminism. Here is a powerful woman being ignored and treated flippantly because a random man (and there are few men as random as O'Reilly) was so focused on the way she looks. She doesn't look unattractive, inappropriate, or clownish - she looks professional, which she is - but O'Reilly can't seem to help himself: the man's eyes somehow stop his ears and brain from working. Although, let's be clear, I don't particularly care if she was Deadpool ugly in clown make-up and a tutu: she should be heard. She should be taken seriously.
That a loud man with a large audience can treat an elected legislator this way and be expected to get off with a weak apology is disgusting; but do you think women without her level of power and visibility fare better? Of course not.
It's such a widely accepted setup — intelligent woman talks; people stare at her hair/dress/legs/baby bump — that we even sneak it into children's entertainment. Remember "Lego Movie," when the fierce, fearless Wyldstyle is talking to Lego Emmet (who harbors a secret crush on her) and all he hears is, "blah blah blah proper name place name back-story stuff."
Ha ha ha. I can't hear you. You're too beautiful. Or you're not beautiful enough. Or you don't fit my teeny-tiny definition of beautiful. Something about beauty, which is a woman's duty to uphold, above all else.
It might be 'the way things are', but it's not the way things ought to be. And if men are so distracted by the way a woman looks that their brains turn off - well, the problem ain't with the women.
Maxine Waters, herself, responded beautifully to O'Reilly's idiocy, as you might expect:
Maxine Waters, herself, responded beautifully to O'Reilly's idiocy, as you might expect:
“Let me just say this: I'm a strong black woman and I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined. I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O'Reilly or anybody,” Waters said on MSNBC's “All In with Chris Hayes.”
“And I'd like to say to women out there everywhere: Don't allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people, to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are. Do what you do. And let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country.”That said, I will admit, my own first response was more along the lines of CNN commentator Angela Rye's tweet:
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