Who’s more disturbed, O’Reilly or those who invite him to speaking engagements?
by Larry Simons
March 3, 2009
Two years ago, Billo was invited to speak at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Florida (my story on this here) only weeks after making comments on the air that a 15-year-old boy named Shawn Hornbeck (who had been kidnapped 4 years earlier) liked his captivity and even his captor when Billo said:
“The situation for this kid looks to me to be a lot more fun than what he had under his old parents. He didn’t have to go to school. He could run around do what he wanted..I think when it all comes down, what’s going to happen is there was an element here that this kid liked about his circumstances.”
After receiving hundreds of emails about this, the NCMEC told O’ Reilly there was a scheduling conflict and that he was dismissed from being their keynote speaker and was replaced by America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh.
It couldn’t possibly happen again, could it? Sadly, yes, it could. This time, it’s the ‘It Happened to Alexa Foundation”, who has asked Loofah boy to be their speaker at a luncheon on March 19, 2009, in Palm Beach, Florida. The ‘It Happened to Alexa Foundation” website posts this message in big white letters on their website:
“The purpose of the It Happened to Alexa Foundation is to help support rape survivors through the trauma of the criminal trial, in the hopes that more survivors will go through with the prosecution in order to put these perpetrators behind bars.”
Here is a screen shot of their website of the O’ Reilly speaking engagement
On his radio program, the Radio Factor, on August 2, 2006, Billo said this:
“These two girls come in from the suburbs and they get bombed, and their car is towed because they’re moronic girls and, you know, they don’t have a car….Jennifer Moore, 18, on her way to college. She was 5’ 2”, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff. Now, again, there you go. Every predator in the world is going to pick that up at 2 in the morning.”
Here is the full context. How much more than this do you need to hear???
So, to translate Billo’s message: If you drink, wear inviting clothing and are out at 2 a.m., you DESERVE to be raped and killed. It’s not the perpetrators fault for raping and murdering you. You asked for it by wearing sexy clothes and drinking at 2 in the morning. You should have been more responsible by not drinking (legal), by not wearing sexy clothes (legal) and not being out at 2 a.m. (legal). The perpetrator's actions (illegal) are not even worthy of discussion.”
And, THIS is who was invited to speak at an organization that supports rape survivors?
Just to show that this was not just some passing story that was ignored by the media, here is Tucker Carlson and Keith Olbermann slamming O ‘Reilly about this when he first said it.
(Despite this video being posted on YouTube for OVER 2 years, I’m betting it will mysteriously be removed soon)
Surely, someone at the It Happened to Alexa Foundation could have spent 10-15 minutes browsing YouTube to find this story, or just google “Bill O’ Reilly/rape” in their search bar before they invited a man who blames rape victims for their own demise to speak at their events! The thing that completely stuns me the most is, when these organizations are looking for someone to speak, what makes them even think of Bill O ‘Reilly, let alone invite him? Radar O’Reilly would have been a better choice!
Billo wins the coveted Worst Person, again. In my opinion it should have gone to the Alexa Foundation’s staff for living in a cave for the last 3 years!