Beyonce’s “Partition” Video Has Bill O’Reilly All Hot & Bothered

Mar 11th, 2014 // 13 Comments
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Bill O’Reilly hilariously referred to Kanye West as a “gangster rapper” a couple weeks ago, so it’s important to know this is a man who is in tune with pop music before we dive into this non-story. The TV pundit has now focused his rage on Beyonce and the supposed bad example she’s setting for teenagers in her “Partition” video. In a recent interview with Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, who was there to discuss meditation, O’Reilly for some reason decided to go on a tangent about the visual.

“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,” he said. “Why on Earth would this woman do that? Why would she do it when she knows the devastation that unwanted pregnancies… and fractured families.” He continued: “I believe an entertainer like Beyoncé and a mogul like you have an obligation to protect children, not put out exploitive garbage that you know harms impressionable children.”

Simmons, after trying to steer the conversation back to his book, relented and defended “Partition” as art. “Beyonce having sex in the back of a limo and referencing Monica Lewinsky is art?” an incredulous O’Reilly responded.

Dude knows how the Internet works, right? Like, there’s much worse shit these apparently hyper-impressionable teens can come across online than a little burlesque show from Beyonce (dancing = art) and a hilarious line about Monica Lewinsky (comedy = art). Plus, it’s informative! If the lyrics send a kid to Lewinsky’s Wikipedia page, that’s legitimately educational. At the very least, it’s more educational than The O’Reilly Factor. (Get your lesson here.)

Rock n’ roll, still scaring old white dudes after 60 years.

[via SPIN]


  1. Gretchen Weiners

    The Monica Lewinsky line is really crass. It’s not art.

  2. Gretchen Weiners

    But at least Beyonce’s not ‘bossy”! What a stupid campaign.

  3. BetterThanYou

    @Gretchen You are so irrelevant. Beyonce campaign will succeed just like everything she does. You on the other hand, are not. how sad. She’s the boss ;)

  4. Brett

    @BetterThanYou Um…You can disagree with Gretchen without being cruel. I’m pretty sure you’re just as irrelevant as any other person commenting on Idolator.

    First off, let me say that I LOVE Beyonce & the song Partition…but I totally admit that it’s straight up soft-core porn. I do find it disturbing that Beyonce is seen as this amazing role model…yet she’s writhing around naked to sell albums. Pop singers & celebrities should NEVER be considered role models, because let’s be honest, they’re never high quality role model material. Let Beyonce do her thing without throwing that expectation of being a role model on her.

    Also…haha, calling Partition “art” is a bit of a stretch. Beyonce gets naked, bumps, grinds, & sings innuendo filled lyrics to sell albums, make money and get people all hot and bothered. It’s fun, entertaining, and well made pop music…but I wouldn’t consider it art. Compare Beyonce to someone like Marina Abramovic, who uses sexuality & nudity in a more constructive & thought provoking way, and you’ll see the difference.

  5. Gretchen Weiners

    Thanks for the defense, Brett. Your thoughts express much better points than my terse remarks. It’s hard to take a pop star seriously when she joins a “ban bossy” movement after releasing a song with “bow down bitches.” It’s even harder to take seriously a fan who labels others as “irrelevant.”

    I’m succeeding like ‘Run the World (Girls)” or “XO,” haha!

    • FUgretchenweiner

      succeeding like XO, or run the world? just because they didnt do well? they still sold hundreds of thousands, also your before making hate remarks, go win 17 grammys and then comment.

  6. Bernadine Yankey

    Gretchen ur such an irrelevant bitch…………GO DIE………. ur clearly just hating on King Bey

  7. Gretchen Weiners

    LOL. Isn’t telling me to “die” kind of “bossy”?

  8. Bernadine Yankey

    true………..but honestly u have to admit that ur just hating, i mean the video might not be for every1 but it is visually appealing, i mean u wouldnt call a Baz Lurhmann movie inappropriate because of burlesque right? Its art

  9. Gretchen Weiners

    Whenever I see the words “hating,” “slay,” “flop” or “shade” (and now I can add “irrelevant” to the list), I just laugh.

    Getting back to the original point — I don’t think “Partition” is art. And that’s criticism, not hating.

  10. Chenille

    I like Beyonce she’s a great entertainer but… Role model no she’s grown she should be able to sing her music how she likes with out this role model name!! As for teen listening they have no business listening and parents need to enforce it at a early age!!

  11. I don’t usually agree with anything Bill says, but am with him on this. I think Beyoncé is capable of better, and no need to include the overt sexuality shown here. Not diggin’ the lyrics, either.

    • Kayla

      Why should she have to hide her sexuality? And the man she’s singing about having sex with in the back of a limo is her HUSBAND.

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