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4/27/2004 10:48:10 AM
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Republican-friendly television pundit, author and columnist Bill O'Reilly, is continuing his fierce attack on rapper Ludacris.
A feud between the two men started when O'Reilly, citing outrage about Ludacris's lyrics "misogynistic" lyrics, began a boycott campaign on his television show. O'Reilly, on his Fox News comedy program The O'Reilly Factor, successfully managed to get enough support behind a boycott campaign that ended up severing links between Pepsi and Ludacris, who was hired for promotion purposes.
On his 1 March 2004 broadcast of The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly had a segment entitled "What On Earth Is Anheuser-Busch Thinking?", in which he once again attempted to get the popular rapper fired from an advertising contract, this time with world-leading brewer Anheuser-Busch, makers of Budweiser beer.
O'Reilly tried to get his interviewee, Shawn Tully of Fortune magazine, to publicly denounce both Anheuser-Busch and Ludacris. When Mr. Tully remained rational, O'Reilly stepped in.
"But look, they saw what happened to Pepsi. All right? Now this guy Ludacris, this isn't some kind of Ozzy Osbourne deal here, all right? This is a guy -- You don't get more extreme than this guy. All right? He comes in and celebrates illegal, violent criminal activity. This is what he does", editorialized O'Reilly.
Ironically, Mr. O'Reilly, who frequently lambastes professors, academics and members of the educated "elite", relied on the opinion of these individuals to clarify his disdain for Ludacris: "Every educator that I've talked to, and I've talked to hundreds, say that the kind of gangsta rap that Ludacris traffics in has debased the culture, made it more difficult for them to teach children and indeed, led children into anti-social behavior", O'Reilly said.
O'Reilly also tried to equate the top-selling, humor-utilizing rapper Ludacris, with notorious gangster and murderer, John Gotti.
"But isn't there a morality? I mean, why not John Gotti, the late mobster? Why not hire him?", O'Reilly asked Tully.
Ludacris is likely amused by the comparison, and the feud is expected to continue (Ludacris recently mentioned O'Reilly on his song "Blow It Out Your Ass") as Ludacris's popularity grows and O'Reilly's pompous egoism leads his popularity to decline as America's education system improves.
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