Bill O’Reilly is no stranger to controversy, and he is now being slammed after criticizing Beyoncé. During a segment with mogul Russell Simmons, the Fox News host claimed Beyoncé is not a good role model for young girls.
"She puts out a new album with a video that glorifies having sex in the back of a limousine. Teenage girls look up to Beyoncé, particularly girls of color. … Why on Earth would this woman do that?" he asked, referring to her sexualized music video, “Partition.” "Why would she do it when she knows the devastation that unwanted pregnancies … and fractured families—why would Beyoncé do that? I believe an entertainer like Beyoncé have an obligation to protect children,” he added. “Not put out exploitative garbage that you know harms impressionable children. I think Beyoncé, what she has done here is inexplicable.”
Fans were quick to comment, with megadeth232 writing on YouTube, "No artist owes anyone anything. It's their message and their art. You don't have to conform your art to make other people happy just because you are a well known musician." Sharissa Davision said, "Beyonce went from innocent to sexy to raunchy that's her choice as she says in her song 'Grown Women,' 'I can do whatever want.' By the way she is 32 and at the end of day, it's the job of the parents to guide their children in the right direction."
@ChelseySaidThis also defended Beyonce’s risqué “Partition” video, which included Jay Z, tweeting, “@oreillyfactor Beyoncé was grinding on her husband. #FYI that's marriage.”
Beyoncé likely will not respond to O’Reilly’s remarks, and for good reason. In December, she broke an iTunes record with her fifth, self-titled, studio album. Beyoncé sold 828,773 copies in just three days after releasing the album unannounced online. She set a precedent by doing that without even marketing the visual album, which includes 14 songs and 17 videos.
In addition to having a surprise album, Beyoncé also announced that she is debuting another fragrance, called Rise. She's already had great success with her first two perfumes, Pulse and Heat. Rise is described as an “intoxicating, addictive luminous floral,” intended to be “a little bit more intimate and personal” -- just like her latest album.