O RLY?
November 21, 2006 4:41 PM   Subscribe

Why does Bill O'Reilly hate black people nerds?
posted by bardic (63 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
More important, who gives a rat's ass?
posted by jonson at 4:44 PM on November 21, 2006


There are folks who hold anti-games and anti-gamer positions about whose perception of the industry (past, present, future) I might care about. Bill "it has a video console" O'Reilly is not one of them.
posted by cortex at 4:46 PM on November 21, 2006


about about about
posted by cortex at 4:46 PM on November 21, 2006


I really fear for the United States because, believe me, the jihadists? They’re not playing the video games. They’re killing real people over there.

Does he think gamers should get out and kill real people? Anyway isn't the high tech army of the future going to be a bunch of dudes controlling robots anyway?
posted by cell divide at 4:47 PM on November 21, 2006 [1 favorite]


Bill O"Reilly hates everything, probably including himself. (OK, he does seem to love falafel)
posted by caddis at 4:47 PM on November 21, 2006


He does hate the iPod, says he'll never "wear" one and that its adherents are ignorant. However, if you do have one, he'll be happy to slip you a podcast.
posted by grabbingsand at 4:48 PM on November 21, 2006 [1 favorite]


Become a premium member at Billoreilly.com and get daily podcasts

he's such a tool--perhaps one of dumbest people on Earth, next to Bush
posted by amberglow at 4:49 PM on November 21, 2006


oops---grabbingsand beat me to it
posted by amberglow at 4:50 PM on November 21, 2006


No worries, amberglow. I'd only noticed the proletariat podcasts, not the mink-lined luxury editions.
posted by grabbingsand at 4:52 PM on November 21, 2006


Bill O'Reilley loves ratings. And so he hates everything else as needed.
posted by davejay at 4:54 PM on November 21, 2006


Oh my, ol Blotchy O'Rly has a painfully uninformed opinion on a given subject? News at 11!

I think homeboy's just pissed that there's no loofah attachment with rumble for the PS3.

I mean, seriously, as pampered and bloated a corporate media teat-sucker as O'reilly, complaining about the uninformed, and people lacking marketable skills?

If the mouth breathers of the world didn't love to listen to bloviaters like Billyboy tell them what to think, day in and day out, O'Reilly wouldn't have the marketable skills to get a gig beyond ditch digger. The man is not just ignorant, he's beyond ignorant. He's like antimatter to thoughtful discourse. A black hole from which no intelligent thought ever escapes.

His very continued existence drops the combined global IQ by significant figures.
posted by stenseng at 4:55 PM on November 21, 2006 [1 favorite]


I...uh...don't give a shit?
posted by Captaintripps at 4:57 PM on November 21, 2006


This makes me think that my 360-playing, iPod-wearing ass is on the right track.
posted by jimmythefish at 4:59 PM on November 21, 2006


He has a point, kinda. But it's Bill O'Reilly, for Chrissakes. Who cares what he thinks?
posted by zardoz at 5:02 PM on November 21, 2006


I guess he's never played this game. Let's see how well he does setting up the shock spring rate, brake balance and downforce for a 1987 Ruf Yellowbird for a quick lap at the Nurburgring.
posted by wfc123 at 5:03 PM on November 21, 2006


"Basically what you have is a large portion of the population, mostly younger people under the age of 45, who don’t deal with reality - ever."

What's your excuse, Bill?
posted by adamrice at 5:07 PM on November 21, 2006


Basically what you have is a large portion of the population, mostly younger people under the age of 45, who don’t deal with reality - ever. So they don’t know what day it is; they don’t know temperature it is; they don’t know what their neighbor looks like. They don’t know anything… because they are constantly diverted by a machine.

Yeah. It's been going on for decades. They're called Televisions.

What's your excuse, Bill?

Bill's excuse? He's actually involved in manufacturing the perceptions to be delivered via machine. As far as I can tell, the only question is if he's just a pusher or an addict too.
posted by weston at 5:13 PM on November 21, 2006


Bill O'Reilly and Jack Thompson: A match made in heaven, I'd say.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:15 PM on November 21, 2006


remember when he put a vibrator in his butthole?

that was pretty funny.
posted by drjimmy11 at 5:16 PM on November 21, 2006


*Mutters a few expletives.*

*Yanks out an 80GB brick of pure black bliss, plugs in. Spins the dial, listens contentedly as the ululating gorgeousness of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire begins to rise, drowning out the shrieking of the jihadists.*

*Settles contentedly, hopes the randomizer offers up the Drive-By Truckers next...*
posted by Haruspex at 5:16 PM on November 21, 2006


O'Really talking about "people who don't deal with reality"... that's too fucking rich. What's next, a Rush Limbaugh sermon on how to stay off drugs, or perhaps on the sanctity of marriage? A Pat Robertson homily on how we should show respect for all faiths? Advice from Mel Gibson about how to maintain one's decorum while being arrested? A book by Michael Richards on handling hecklers during a live performance?

I could go on, but I think I've made my point.
posted by clevershark at 5:17 PM on November 21, 2006


As a senior citizen, (Bill), you're probably aware of the threat robots pose. Robots are everywhere, and they eat old people's medicine for fuel ... And when they grab you with those metal claws, (Bill), you can't break free, because they're made of metal, and robots are strong. Now, (Bill), for only $4 a month, you can achieve peace of mind in a world full of grime and robots, with Old Glory Insurance. So, don't cower under your afghan any longer, (Bill). Make a choice.
posted by grabbingsand at 5:19 PM on November 21, 2006 [5 favorites]


Next week, he's going to tell us about the dangers of horseless carraiges and carbonated beverages. Look, I'll be the first to admit that personal gadgetry is a mixed blessing but it isn't going anywhere and alarmist shit like O'Reilly's contributes nothing positive.
posted by jonmc at 5:20 PM on November 21, 2006


and who cares what O'Reilley thinks anyway, besides the dimwits who think every word he utters is gospel and the people who should know better who enjoy getting upset about him? The other 99% of the population could give a shit.
posted by jonmc at 5:23 PM on November 21, 2006


Partisanship is profitable. Movie at 11.

lots of people care about what oreilly thinks, thats why hes on tv and we're on crt.
posted by damn dirty ape at 5:26 PM on November 21, 2006


C'mon, people. This is just an old-school troll, like a Cringely article on how Apple is doomed. The guy's just trying to get attention.
posted by mr_roboto at 5:29 PM on November 21, 2006


o rly? http://youtube.com/watch?v=yGFRi_ueq-M
posted by cj_ at 5:32 PM on November 21, 2006


I fail at html.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=yGFRi_ueq-M
posted by cj_ at 5:33 PM on November 21, 2006 [2 favorites]


re: Stenseng

Antimatter, eh? So if we get him to talk to Jon Stewart....

I think I fixed the energy economy.
posted by tehloki at 5:38 PM on November 21, 2006


cj_, that was amazing. And I hereby declare myself to be the new president of The Fun Club.
posted by bardic at 5:44 PM on November 21, 2006


They don’t know what day it is

Of course I do; I keep my to-do list and calendar online, and my computer serves as my alarm clock (a different song at a different time every day of the week -- now that's handy).

they don’t know what temperature it is

Of course I do; I bookmarked my zip code at the Weather Channel's website (you should have seen me desperately trying to find the Weather Channel's actual TV channel when I'd just moved in and the internet wasn't set up yet). And if you're my mom, you've installed WeatherBug.

they don’t know what their neighbor looks like

Of course I do; I facebooked him and learned within seconds that we both like the same movies.

they don’t know anything

And I can research anything immediately, and get a chance to use my critical-thinking skills while I'm at it. My grandmother's been dithering around for weeks asking different guys at the pet store how to care for her new betta; I showed up, looked at Wikipedia, and answered her question (and learned a bunch of interesting new facts) within a minute.

Oh, wait -- I think I got confused. Which stereotype am I being today?
posted by booksandlibretti at 5:51 PM on November 21, 2006 [2 favorites]


The more attention you pay to him, the more he's going to keep acting up like this.
posted by nightchrome at 5:53 PM on November 21, 2006


Anyone remember Morton Downey Jr.? O'Reilly reminds me so much of that guy. Class acts both.
posted by hojoki at 5:57 PM on November 21, 2006


but other people get addicted to it, just like opium

Actually, no, not like opium at all. It's true that people do have psychological addiction to videogame playing, but people also develop psychological addictions to eating, not eating, the shopping channel, Ebay, gambling, and a myriad of other things too numerous to recount. Ignoring the rest of the expected idiocy in the article, I always find it somewhat annoying when people are incapable of differentiating between psychological and physical dependencies.
posted by The God Complex at 6:02 PM on November 21, 2006


It's hard to remember Bill before he was all sneers and bizarre rhetoric. A more innocent time when he was writing porn and doing celebrity fluff pieces.
posted by evil holiday magic at 6:04 PM on November 21, 2006


He's still just mad about how I owned his ass in Halo. Little bitch goes for the noob combo every time!
posted by EatTheWeak at 6:06 PM on November 21, 2006 [1 favorite]


Shouldn't O'Reilly be gearing up for war on Hanukkah right about now?
posted by boo_radley at 6:08 PM on November 21, 2006


Great clip, cj_ - that must have been the news report for which ORLY earned the Peabody, ya think? Sweet Jesus, I hate Bill O'Reilly.
posted by madamjujujive at 6:26 PM on November 21, 2006


Anyone remember Morton Downey Jr.? O'Reilly reminds me so much of that guy

Two crucial differences: Downey was actually sincere, whreas O'reilly is merely selling candidates and policies to his audiense, and secondly, Downey was a fuck of a lot more entertaining to watch.
posted by jonmc at 6:31 PM on November 21, 2006


And O'Reilly has both of his lungs as far as I know.
posted by bardic at 6:42 PM on November 21, 2006


He managed to confuse Business Week with this shit too.
posted by sparkletone at 6:43 PM on November 21, 2006


Damn dirty ape wrote: lots of people care about what oreilly thinks, thats why hes on tv and we're on crt.

You damn dirty ape, how dare you say such things. I'm no luddite, I'm on LCD!

Hey, maybe that's O'reilly's problem, he heard people talking about LCD's and though they were talking about LSD...
posted by sotonohito at 6:49 PM on November 21, 2006


Look, I'll be the first to admit that personal gadgetry is a mixed blessing but it isn't going anywhere and alarmist shit like O'Reilly's contributes nothing positive.

i think we're being a little hypocritical here ... we've ALL had moments where we thought that people were being too wrapped up and nerdy in la-la land because of something like a game machine ... we've ALL thought that

i don't understand what gives US the right to castigate bill o'reilly for it ...
posted by pyramid termite at 6:54 PM on November 21, 2006


This post might have been worthwhile if O'Reilly's opinion had been mentioned as a humorous aside to a link to an argument by some smart person on the same subject. As it is, no insight is likely to be supplied re the questions that O'Reilly's addresses, which is too bad.

So, future posters: Link to good stuff please, not noise.
posted by washburn at 6:57 PM on November 21, 2006


Thanks for the post. I like to keep up on how utterly imbecilic O'Reilly can be. Makes for some interesting conversation.
posted by juiceCake at 7:14 PM on November 21, 2006


In the past to flee the real world people usually chose drugs or alcohol… now you don’t have to do that, Now all you have to do is have enough money to buy a machine…

So he resents that we don't have use drugs and alcohol? I'm confused. Wouldn't this be seen as an improvement?

did you ever talk to these computer geeks? I mean, can you carry on a conversation with them?

Yes. Yes I can Bill. And the fact that you can't says more about you than it does about me. Because I can talk with people who have backgrounds in something I might not understand. The main reason for this? I am curious about finding out things that I currently have no education in. I have an open mind. That is how people grow.

Great title, BTW.
posted by quin at 7:15 PM on November 21, 2006


He is just do'in what he does. Dogs bark.
posted by Iron Rat at 7:39 PM on November 21, 2006


it’s going to have a staggeringly negative effect, all of this, for America… did you ever talk to these computer geeks neocon pundits? I mean, can you carry on a conversation with them?
posted by papakwanz at 7:43 PM on November 21, 2006


I predict ORLY will maintain his steadfast opposition to the evils of Gaming unitl Microsoft calls asking for X-Box sponsorship on his show.
posted by tkchrist at 8:05 PM on November 21, 2006


Bill couldn't carry a conversation with me. It might have something to do with me calling him a douchebag in every single sentence (I'd make an effort).

The question is, why would someone whose IQ is above room temperature (in Celsius) would bother attempting communicating with the Big Giant Head(tm), or even stick around to hear his ersatz-"folksy wisdom".
posted by clevershark at 8:38 PM on November 21, 2006


Wow, I had almost forgotten about O'Reilly, it's been a while since his last calculated attempt at stirring up some word of mouth.

Targeting the geeks is a brilliant idea, those suckers just lap up, regurgitate, and spread every slight or plaudit remotely directed towards them.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:25 PM on November 21, 2006


Why does Bill O'Rielly hate sanity?
posted by Effigy2000 at 10:48 PM on November 21, 2006


Alvy Ampersand : Targeting the geeks is a brilliant idea, those suckers just lap up, regurgitate, and spread every slight or plaudit remotely directed towards them.

Hey, I resent resemble that remark. And I only regurgitate when I mix wine with hard liquor. Or C++ with Shockwave. And Solaris with Java only makes me gag nowadays.
posted by quin at 11:02 PM on November 21, 2006


Much like another blonde female conservative hatelebrity, O'Reilly is a primadonna trying to attract all the attention possible by irritating people ; being superficial assholes helps in this line of business.

But what really is MUCH needed in this business and is the secret of it all is : gullible target audience, that either loves to hate O'Sucka or that uses his smear talking points to lovehate somebody else.
posted by elpapacito at 5:32 AM on November 22, 2006


In the past to flee the real world people usually chose drugs or alcohol… now you don’t have to do that, Now all you have to do is have enough money to buy a machine.

What about people who smoke pot while using their Playstation? Is he okay with that?
posted by StrasbourgSecaucus at 7:23 AM on November 22, 2006


I'm gonna play devil's advocate here in the form of a few personal anecdotes:

1. My dad, 63, played Everquest back when it was popular. He had a full-time job, but still managed to average 6 hours per day of game time his first year. He plays more, nowadays, and freely admits that's blatant escapism. That's a problem.

2. A friend of mine, mid-20s, did the same with another MMORPG for years, basically ignoring his wife and letting his marriage slide into disrepair. Then he had an affair, and she kicked him out. That's a problem.

3. My drummer, early 20s, refuses to get a job, cuz he's too busy playing Halo, Oblivion, and now, Gears of War. He is the prime target of ORLY's rant and fits his stereotype quite well -- no job, no skills, no motivation, happy just playin video games all the time and moochin off whomever will let him. Yeah, that's a problem.

In my mind, however, the real problem is people being LAME. Would it be any better if my dad drank to escape? If my friend were obsessed with porn? If my drummer was a wake-n-bake-everyday stoner?

Everything in moderation. Videogames can be mindless, but some mindlessness is probably a good thing. Heck, I wish I had more time to play some of the great games out there; I truly miss it. Sure, a good physical hobby -- jogging, swimming, basketball, etc. -- is better for you, but sometimes ya just need to do nothing... NU-THING useful. And whether that's drinkin, tokin, watchin tee vee, or playin videogames, I don't see why it much matters.

Just don't be lame.
posted by LordSludge at 7:49 AM on November 22, 2006


LordSludge writes "2. A friend of mine, mid-20s, did the same with another MMORPG for years, basically ignoring his wife and letting his marriage slide into disrepair. Then he had an affair, and she kicked him out. That's a problem."

He should have learned that you can either concentrate on the game OR on having an affair, but not both!
posted by clevershark at 8:06 AM on November 22, 2006


LordSludge, I don't think anyone is arguing that video game addiction isn't real or that it's a good thing, but not everyone who plays video games for fun is addicted (in fact, I would tend to think most are *not* addicted). It's not the videogames' fault that people with addictive personalities get hooked.

Bill O'Reilly is a tool, that is for sure, but the only reason this crap depresses me so much is that my retiree dad listens to this idiot's tirades and then spouts them off in conversations as if it's gospel.

So, I'm pissed because I know what's going to happen now. Now I am going to have to explain to my dad (once again) that my iPod is not evil and that my husband is not a video game addict recluse because he has a few game consoles. The conversation is going to be long, stupid, and frustrating, and waste an hour of my life that I won't be able to get back.

Thanks a lot, Bill. Leave my impressionable parents alone!
posted by tastybrains at 8:41 AM on November 22, 2006


Yeah... what's with this absolutist mentality? "If everybody is addicted to videogames, it'll destroy our country, therefore videogames are bad." == "If everybody is gay, the human population will die out, therefore homosexuality is bad." == "If everybody is a stoner, nobody will ever get anything done, therefore pot is bad."

How about: "If everybody is a talk-show host tool, then the world will collapse under its own toolitry, therefore talk-show hosts are bad..."
posted by LordSludge at 9:24 AM on November 22, 2006


O'Really is lame, perverted, and mindless so he wins!
posted by nofundy at 11:11 AM on November 22, 2006


Bill's not a tool. Lookit, he's totally against tool-use. And why do they keep calling this idiot a conservative? It's irritating to have someone continually attempt to self-identify with a philosophy while ignoring the basic concepts behind it. Stupid Luddite bastard. He's a fanatic. A zealot. A radical. Not a conservative.
posted by Smedleyman at 6:15 PM on November 22, 2006


How about: "If everybody is a talk-show host tool, then the world will collapse under its own toolitry, therefore talk-show hosts are bad..."

but at least they're toolit trained
posted by pyramid termite at 6:38 PM on November 22, 2006


In my mind, however, the real problem is people being LAME.

Do you honestly think this is an epidemic? Something really deserving of national attention and debate?

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data."

Solution: Eliminate video games and mooching systems. Get these people back out on the rails.

HOBO REVIVAL!!!
posted by sparkletone at 7:34 PM on November 22, 2006


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