In his ongoing quest to blame famous black people for perceived problems with America's black youth, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly dedicated an entire segment to Beyoncé and her "libertine" performances this week. His complaint? "She knows — this woman knows — that young girls are getting pregnant in the African-American community. Now it’s about 70 percent out of wedlock. She knows and doesn’t seem to care."
This kind of segment is O'Reilly's bread and butter. He starts with a montage of Bey's sexy videos, comically blurring out her butt in one of them (right). Then he brings on two women to discuss how Bey's sexuality is "harming" the children. Peggy Nance of Concerned Women for America agrees that Bey is a bad influence, but she can't quite get the names of her songs right. O'Reilly then refers to "cultural deficits" in "black precincts" as well as "poor white precincts and Hispanic precincts." He argues, "Beyoncé's part of that problem."
Of course, the teen pregnancy rate has dropped dramatically across all races in America in the past 20 years. The 70-percent figure O'Reilly refers to is technically correct — in 2010, 72 percent of black children were born to single mothers — but it refers to mothers of all ages, not just teens. Regardless, none of this has anything to do with Beyoncé. If anything, Beyoncé encourages young girls to get married before having children, with her music and by example. Bey married Jay Z when she was 27, and then had her baby some years later. Her entire new album is about how fun married sex is. She's going on tour with her husband this summer. None of this matters to O'Reilly, however.