Why was Barack Obama re-elected as President last Tuesday? Was it because he put forward a powerful vision for the nation? Was it because he ran a technically sophisticated campaign, driven by testable metrics? Or was it because he was the superior candidate?
Most pundits would say it was for all these reasons, and more. But not famed FOX talking head Bill O'Reilly. "Obama wins," he said, "because it's not a traditional America anymore. The white establishment is the minority. People"—meaning, in O'Reilly's curdled tongue, people who aren't white—"want things."
"This is a shocking thing to hear during primetime television," said The Atlantic, reporting the comments on their website, "but it is not entirely out of character for O'Reilly. Bill O'Reilly says racist things all the time."
You don't know the half of it. Here, at Complex, we've been keeping a running tally of O'Reilly's rants, especially against hip-hop artists—so many we had to start keeping score.
For this list, we've left off the bombastic Irishman declaring himself a "brother," on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, because he could tell the certain rappers apart.
We're not even including his notorious smear of Sylvia's, the world-famous Harlem eatery: "I couldn't get over the fact that...it was exactly the same [as any other NYC restaurant], even though it's run black, [with a] primarily black patronship." In a culture "dominated by Twista, Ludacris, and Snoop Dogg," noted O'Reilly, "white America" would be surprised to know that "there wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, I want more iced tea.'"
No, we're only presenting Bill O'Reilly's most outrageous, spittle-flecked rap battles: What happened, what he said, what the rappers said back, and who—in our opinion—won and why. So, ding ding ding. Let the games begin...
Written by Harry Allen (@HarryAllen)