Questlove didn’t find anything entertaining or enlightening about Bill O’Reilly taking issue with Michelle Obama’s “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves” line from her Democratic National Convention speech.
Like many on social media, the multi-instrumentalist addressed O’Reilly’s sentiments on Wednesday in an Instagram response. O’Reilly stated on his show that the slaves who built the White House were ‘well-fed’ and had “decent lodgings provided by the government.”
“I’d like to think most of you have common sense. But there is nothing more dangerous than a man in a suit pretending to be a journalist giving revisionist history on the ugliness that was slavery,” Questlove wrote to his 700k-plus followers.
On Wednesday’s episode of “The O’Reilly Factor,” O’Reilly responded to his hailstorm of criticism by reiterating his remarks and adding he’s being targeted by “far left” media outlets (watch the clip below).
“In order to keep slaves and free laborers strong, the Washington administration provided meat, bread and other staples, also decent lodging on the grounds of the new presidential building. That is a fact. Not a justification, not a defense of slavery. Anyone who implies a soft on slavery message is beneath contempt. Some celebrities like Stephen King, Bryan Cranston, Broadway star Audra McDonald immediately sought to exploit the situation on Twitter by buying into the defamation. We have invited all of them on ‘The Factor.’ Place your bets on whether they will show up.”
Perhaps, O’Reilly should also add Questlove’s name to the list of invites.
Check out Bill O’Reilly’s response in the clip below.