After news of Bill O’Reilly’s sexual harassment claims became public, advertisers started running. Close to 20 sponsors dropped The O’Reilly Factor after the New York Times exposed O’Reilly and 21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company, paid $13 million dollars to five women who said he harassed or abused them.
But here’s the thing though. Remember in 2002, Bill O’Reilly called for a boycott on Pepsi for having rapper and actor Ludacris feature on their commercials because “He degrades women?”
Okay. Granted. Luda’s videos and songs aren’t exactly for the feminist at heart. But as I recall, O’Reilly didn’t mutter a word when Pepsi chose former rock star and lead member of rock group Black Sabbath Ozzy Osbourne as their spokesperson. Yeah, Ozzy Osbourne, the self-proclaimed “Prince of Darkness” known for biting the heads off bats and doves, drug and alcohol abuse and sex addiction. And yet, O’Reilly has been known to defend accused sex offenders while tearing down the women who call them out.
Yeah, I think it’s time for Bill have a few dozen seats.