Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Congresswoman Hanabusa Confronts O'Reilly

Last week, you may or may not have heard Bill O'Reilly being a racist prick.  In a conversation about Hawaii's rampant liberalism, this is what he had to say:

O'REILLY: And, you know, I think the one person who said, Look, this is a place where people come to to escape. This is, you know, generally speaking. But you know what's shocking? 35 percent of the Hawaiian population is Asian, and Asian people are not liberal, you know, by nature. They're usually more industrious and hard-working.

His racism has perpetuated the model minority myth, homogenized a large group of diverse people, and blatantly and ignorantly generalized Asian Americans.  And in doing so, he is "othering" Asian Americans as different from the general American populace, further alienating us.

Here's Hawaii congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa confronting O'Reilly, demanding an apology on behalf of the Asian American community.

Of course O'Reilly yells at the Congresswoman and patronizes her by telling her she's a "good person".  She could barely get a word in edgewise with him constantly blowing up on her.  From what I was able to piece together from the congresswoman, she was commenting on the community oriented culture of Hawaii and how government assistance is a reflection of this, something O'Reilly's capitalistic, white, male mind can never fully comprehend.  It's not like white colonialism wasn't the cause of all of Hawaii's problems.

Also interesting that he's telling an Asian American what should and shouldn't be offensive to them cause you know... that totally makes sense.

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