WATCH: Bill O’Reilly Says Maxine Waters Has a ‘James Brown Wig’

During an appearance on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly said he can’t listen to what California Congresswoman Maxine Waters has to say because she has a distracting “James Brown wig.” The comment was seen by many as racist. O’Reilly later issued an apology, saying that he made a “jest about her hair that was dumb.”

After Fox News played a clip from Waters’ Monday speech on the floor of Congress, O’Reilly told the Fox & Friends co-host that he “didn’t hear a word she said.”

“I was looking at the James Brown wig,” O’Reilly said, while his co-hosts laughed hysterically. “If we have a picture of James Brown… It’s the same one.”

The one Fox & Friends co-host who didn’t think any of this was funny was Ainsley Earhardt, who told O’Reilly that he can’t criticize a woman for her looks. “I think she’s very attractive,” Earhardt added.

“I love James Brown, but it’s the same hair, James Brown — alright, the godfather of soul — had,” O’Reilly insisted. “Whatever it is, I just couldn’t get by it.”

Bill O’Reilly sent the following statement to Heavy.com:

As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs. 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.

Several users on Twitter accused O’Reilly of being racist for this comment.

Angela Rye, a CNN contributor, told O’Reilly he can “go straight to hell” for his comments:

Actress Sophia Bush added:

O’Reilly has been accused of racism in the past. In December, he told his viewers that the Left only wanted to abolish the Electoral College after Trump’s victory to take power away from the “white establishment.”

Waters, who has been in Congress since 1991, delivered a speech on the House floor Monday, suggesting that President Donald Trump’s supporters aren’t as patriotic as those who criticize him. She’s also been an outspoken Trump critic herself on Twitter. On March 21, she told her followers to “get ready for impeachment.”

“He won,” Waters told Elle Magazine. “And so I’m out to get him. And when he talked about grabbing women? Okay? I’m out to get him. I’m gonna see him out of office. And I think it’s going to happen. Get ready for impeachment.”

Waters has also called for an independent investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes‘ decision to share information with the White House before the other members of the committee.

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GreyHairandGreyMatter

As someone who is probably even more antediluvian than both Bill O’Reilly and Maxine Waters I can readily empathize with their comments/sentiments. Why? As one of Bill O’Reilly’s inveterate fans I respectfully believe Bill seemingly enjoys playing the proverbial “big dog” on “The Factor” and occasionally being an omniscient “smart ass” too with a ready/facile quip. Even though his impromptu facetious quip was probably valid about Maxine Waters’ hair in retrospect it was at best racially insensitive to which Bill promptly and justifiably apologized. Conversely, while Maxine Waters is “old school” and undoubtedly well-meaning as Bill suggests, personally during my encounters with her I’ve also had the displeasure of interfacing with her on more occasions throughout the years than I care to remember. Why? Not only is Maxine usually obtuse and oft-times uninformed/misinformed, Maxine’s also invariably unjustifiably pedantically arrogant and rude to others in the process especially while traveling on public aircraft carriers!

Fred Harden III AKA “GreyHairandGreyMatter”

Anonymous

Bill O’Reilly’s response to the honorable Mrs.Waters is just a dog whistle to his racist viewers. He should be fired.

Jeraldine Eason

you are insane, he is a raging racist and a total nazi, why do you think he loves drumph? because nazis stuick together just like you they are racist, sexist, idiots.

Mark

You and those like you are the problem! You don’t know what you are talking about! You cheapen the word Nazi! you don’t have a clue how evil they were. making comparison like this make you the biggest bigot on this thread! You are ignorant and filled with propaganda! You hate so much for I’m sure no reason other than the indoctrination you have been giving by liberals! One more liberals aren’t liberal’s they are fascist.

Suzzzi

Nazi’s didn’t start out murdering outright. They started just like this. Your progeny, if you ever get anyone to sleep with you, will be embarrassed by you. People will read history books, wondering why people like you could have let this happen.

Mark

You are so ignorant it’s unbelievable! People like me are the ones who would have stopped Hitler and his Nazi’s. I’ve read the history books! The Brown shirts started just like you liberal’s who call protest peaceful then burn things down! That is how fascist act. They bully and attack anyone who disagrees with them. The difference is you and those like you are nothing more than useful idiots! George Soros is one of the most evil people to ever live on Earth! He funds all these liberal attack groups! He walked hand in hand with the SS Nazi’s. He personally turned Jew’s into them for the reward of half of what ever the people he turned to the Nazi’s!

Mark

So it’s OK to make the same type of remarks about Trump! Hypocrite! The fact is her hair does look a lot like a James brown wig! It has nothing to do with race!

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