Watch: Wilmore Inserts Himself into Debate with O'Reilly

Larry Wilmore kicked off a segment about blowhard Bill O’Reilly’s absurd recent debate on race with this gem: “As with all things, progress is incremental. It’s one step forward, two Bill O’Reillys back.”


From there, Wilmore reviewed clips from O’Reilly’s show in which the Fox pundit alleged “anti-American propaganda continues with a number of far-left zealots trying to divide Americans along color lines.” It was the sort of classic, maddening nonsense that inspired Wilmore to say what most of us feel when watching O’Reilly discuss pretty much anything: “I love knowing when I’m going to start screaming at the TV.”

As his case in point that racism doesn’t exist, O’Reilly pointed out that while 1,163,146 violent crimes were committed in 2013, just 3,563 of those were race-based hate crimes. Wilmore gave the figures the benefit of the doubt, stating, “Let’s assume that these numbers are true, even though Bill isn’t a big numbers guy. Like when he said he was covering the Falklands war but was really 1,200 miles away.”

He then noted that the numbers still work out to 9.59 race-based hate crimes a day — 9.58 too many, according to the Nightly Show host. “I am willing to concede there’s .01 that probably deserved it. Just sayin’.”

Then, using the power of split screens and other TV tech, Wilmore inserted himself into a heated debate between O’Reilly and Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers, perhaps the lone voice of reason on the network. "Slavery was part of this country's history," Powers said in the midst of the back-and-forth, to which O’Reilly replied, "So what?"

“Slavery gets a so what?” Wilmore asked, incredulously. “What’s your take on the Holocaust? Whatevs?”

When Powers asked Bill how many black friends he has, O’Reilly, as usual, blew up and offered a few non-answers. Twice.

"She asked you if you had any black friends and you got all mad!" Wilmore said, mockingly. "I don't have anything smart to say here. It's just hilarious."

Watch the entire sketch, below. 

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card

Close

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.