O'Reilly apologizes for jest about Maxine Waters' hair

  • O'Reilly apologizes for jest about Maxine Waters' hair

O'Reilly apologizes for jest about Maxine Waters' hair

When the clip closed Bill put his hand up and said, 'I didn't hear a word that she said, I was looking at the James Brown wig'.

In her original speech, stalwart politician Ms Waters - a US House Representative since 1991 who became a California House representative in 1977 - was explaining why Trump supporters are not patriotic.

"[African-Americans] fight against this president, and we point out how unsafe he is for this society and for this country, we're fighting for the democracy", Waters said. "We're fighting for America. you're not almost as patriotic as we are".

Waters was not kind to O'Reilly, or Fox News as a whole for that matter, in her rebuttal.

"I didn't say she wasn't attractive".

If there were an apology necessary, it should have perhaps been directed to the estate of the late singer James Brown, the Godfather of Soul.

She says she grew up admiring Waters as her district's Congresswoman and says it's disheartening to think comments like O'Reilly's seem to be normalized by someone with such an influential platform.

"No. OK, I've got to defend her on that", Earhardt said. O'Reilly has since issued a statement denying that he intended the comment to be offensive in any way, and that it was merely a poorly-made joke on his part. "I love James Brown".

Some users called for Fox to terminate O'Reilly. "I can not be undermined", Ms Waters told MSNBC.

In her Professional Women's Conference speech on Monday, Hillary Clinton also stood up for Waters, saying she was "taunted" and a victim of "everyday sexism". (Preach, Auntie Maxine.) "Be who you are".

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has a lot of things going on, what with basically being one of the few members of Congress willing to fight the current administration tooth and nail and calling it out on all its bullshit. You can't go after a woman's looks.

Waters responded to O'Reilly's jab on MSNBC, noted the Huffington Post.

O'Reilly later apologized about his "dumb" remark, and he continued the subject during his Tuesday night "Talking Points" segment.