Thursday, July 31, 2008


Last week multi-platinum selling hip-hop superstar, Nasir Jones, better known to many as Nas joined political groups Color of Change and Move On.  They were joined by other protesters and fans outside of Fox's New York office to protest the Fox networks portrayal of BLACK people.  The two political groups delivered boxes to the network, which included a petition signed by over 600, 000 people who supported the demands of the organizations, however Fox did not accept them.
    At the beginning of the protest Nas spoke to about 100 guests, where he urged Fox to "stop the racist smears on the Obamas and BLACK America."  Throughout his speech, he noted examples of statements made by Fox reporters that proved to be racist and stereotypical, including a reference to Michelle Obama as Barack Obama's "baby mama," and a fist bumpbetween the couple as a "terrorist fist jabb."  "Fox News believes in a protesters exercising their right to free speech, including Nas, who has an album to promote," said a Fox News spokesperson.
    Following Nas' appearance outside of the Fox studios, conservative host Bill O'Reilly took a few stabs at the "vile rapper" on his TV show.  He responded to Nas' accusations that the Fox network is racist in their coverage of news, O'Reilly says, "This is from a person who makes a living peddling the 'n' word and violent lyrics to children and young adults.  He is a real champ. The good news is that only a few media outlets have given him any attention and his new album is a bomb, a disaster, a catastrophe and he desperately wants attention... I hope I'm not racist for pointing that out."  
    First Mr. O'Reilly, I would love to know how an album that debuted at the top of the Soundscan charts, and hit No.1 on The Billboard 200 translates to disaster and catastrophe.  As a former english teacher and Harvard grad, it would be safe to say that he definitely understands the meaning of disaster and catastrophe— a disaster was his unsuccessful attempt to play for the New York Mets; or his sexual harassment lawsuit with O'Reilly Factor producer Andrea Mackris; or his trip with Al Sharpton to Sylvia's soul-food restaurant in New York City, where he made some really crazy comments about his "shocking" observations about the restaurant and the people inside, including, " there wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, I want more iced tea.' "  This man is outrageously stuck on another planet if he would expect anyone to think that he was anything but racist, and any network that would have him as a host is racist as well, in my book.  And with all of his post protest comments, he never actually discussed or addressed the issues as to whether or not his channel's news coverage is racially biased.  But we all know the deal.   

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