Even by O’Reilly’s standards, this is absurd. He went and had a meal at Sylvia’s, a famous restaurant in Harlem, with Al Sharpton and he was shocked – shocked! – to find out that not all black people are gangbangers and pimps. On his radio show he said:
“I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks, primarily black patronship.”
Later in the show, while discussing rap culture with Juan Williams, he returned to his astonishing epiphany:
“There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea.’ You know, I mean, everybody was — it was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn’t any kind of craziness at all.”
Congratulations, Bill. It took you half a century to figure out that Flava Flav does not represent the behavior of all black people. Next week perhaps you’ll learn that every Jewish person doesn’t act like Jackie Mason and every white person doesn’t act like Larry the Cable Guy.