Hours after Bill O’Reilly launched an apology for suggesting Maxine Waters’ hairdo looked like that of the late James Brown, the congresswoman fired back with one hell of a classy response.
Waters’ tweeted : “I am a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated.”
The California Democrat also opened up about the Fox News host’s comments on MSNBC. “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,” she told host Chris Hayes. “Be who you are! Do what you do! And let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country!”
This week during a segment on Fox and Friends, O’Reilly suggested he couldn’t hear any of Maxine’s comments regarding Donald Trump supporters because he “was looking at the James Brown wig. Do we have a picture of James Brown? It’s the same wig.”
He then added, “I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive. I love James Brown but it’s the same hair James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, had … whatever it is, I just couldn’t get by it.”
Bill released a statement following the backlash that read:
“As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs,” he said. “I said that again today on Fox & Friends calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize.”
O’Reilly’s ignorant and what many are calling “sexist” comments sparked outrage nation wide. The incident even led to the now viral hashtag, #blackwomenatwork.
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