Bill O'Reilly Apologizes After Making Racially Charged Joke About Congresswoman

Waters was mocked by Bill O'Reilly, who said he was unable to listen to what she was saying because of her "James Brown wig". "I was looking at the James Brown wig", O'Reilly said, to a chorus of laughter from the other white, predominantly male commentators in the room. Maxine Waters during a speech because he was distracted by her "James Brown wig".

Co-host Ainsley Earhardt attempted to defend the appearance of Waters, an African-American congresswoman.

"I didn't hear a word [Waters] said", O'Reilly responded.

O'Reilly went on to describe Waters as "a honest individual", and commented that he'd like to have her on his show someday, "when hell freezes over". Throughout the clip, O'Reilly ― who was pictured in a frame on the left side of the screen, although seemingly with his mic cut ― clearly didn't take her very seriously, visibly mouthing "that's right" and "right on" as she spoke, his body language oozing sarcasm and disdain. "I love James Brown, but it's the same hair".

"I've got to defend her on that", she said".

One of your own California congresswomen, Maxine Waters, was taunted with a racist joke about her hair. I said that again today on Fox & Friends calling her 'old school, ' O'Reilly said in a statement from Fox News.

In a speech in San Francisco, the 2016 Democratic nominee targeted both Trump spokesman Sean Spicer and Fox News hack Bill O'Reilly for insulting "women who were simply doing their jobs".

O'Reilly's comments toward Waters aren't the only ones that have been considered insensitive recently. "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".

"When a woman stands up and speaks truth to power, there will be attempts to put her down", says Waters. In 2010, a Fox News anchor told Waters to "step away from the crack pipe", telling her that she should learn from "what happened to Whitney Houston". "So we're giving Maxine a break here". (Media Matters posted a longer clip; this is a shorter segment).

Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly. "He's not using it anymore", he said.

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