A Brief History Of Old White Guys Freaking Out About Beyoncé

O'Reilly, Hannity, Trump - the gang's all here!

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Beyoncé is a Grammy-winning artist whose performances are a showcase for unabashed power and confidence.

So naturally, a certain gaggle of Old White Men lose their damn minds every time they see her on a national stage. Today's example is one Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor who has spent nearly every minute since leaving office on a quest to squander any and all goodwill he accumulated through more than two decades in politics.

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Giuliani took to the 'Fox and Friends' couch - that hallowed ground of political discourse - to discuss last night's halftime show. The results were predictable.

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He also seemed to say she was being "pimped out" by Jay Z in the book.

Bill O'Reilly

America's commanding general in the War on Christmas, Bill O. has a longstanding beef with Beyoncé. Specifically, he seems to think she bears some responsibility for the rate of premarital sex and out-of-wedlock births in communities of color.

"She knows—this woman knows—that young girls are getting pregnant in the African-American community," the talk show host said. "Now it's about 70 percent out of wedlock. She knows and doesn't seem to care. She should be smart enough to know that what's she doing now is harming some children," O'Reilly added, after showing a clip of the singer's "Drunk In Love" video.

Sean Hannity

Are recording artists Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Prince comparable to the Confederate Flag? Fox's Sean Hannity thinks that if you ban the rebel banner from stores, you should have to ban that darn rap music, too. And no Beyoncés in the White House!

"Some retailers—Sears, Walmart, Amazon, eBay and the rest of the retailers in the last 24 hours— have announced that they intend to discontinue sales of the Confederate flag. Now I have a question: Can you still buy a Jay Z CD at Walmart? Does the music department at Sears have any Ludacris albums? Can I download 50 Cent on Amazon? ... It's OK for Obamas teenage daughters and people going into these stores and buy music chock full of the 'N-word' and 'B-word,' maybe we should consider banning that too. Since we're in the process of banning everything."

Donald Trump

The sorest loser this side of the Mississippi doesn't like Ted Cruz, but he doesn't like unauthorized hip-thrusting either:

"At the Super Bowl, when Beyoncé was thrusting her hips forward in a very suggestive manner, if someone else had done that, it would've been a national scandal. I thought it was ridiculous." He added, "I just thought it was not appropriate … The way the so-and-so was thrust forward continuously, give me a break."Sadly, these high-pitched whines almost make Giuliani's line of rhetoric seem like progress.

Words by Jack Holmes
Originally posted on Esquire.com

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