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Bill O’Reilly and Russell Simmons Clash over a Beyoncé Video

In the music video for the Beyoncé song “Partition,” there’s some incredibly raunchy imagery, including car sex and a lyric reference to Monica Lewinsky. Bill O’Reilly was fired up about this Monday night, confronting hip hop mogul Russell Simmons over what kind of message that sends to young black girls when such behavior is glorified by one of their idols.

O’Reilly said the video “glorifies having sex in the back of a limousine,” and wondered “why on earth would this woman do that” when unplanned pregnancy is a problem in the black community. Simmons didn’t defend Beyoncé specifically, but spoke up in support of artists reflecting the reality people live in.

O’Reilly insisted that Beyoncé has “an obligation to protect children” and not to put out “exploitive garbage.” He called the video “inexplicable” and was utterly bemused when Simmons said that the music video is, in fact, a work of art.

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

And if you’re curious, you can watch the “Partition” music video below:

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