Some social media users react to Bill O’Reilly’s firing with joy while others come to his defence and Pakistanis comment on videos showing a fight between a female constable and two passengers at Islamabad airport.
Bill O’Reilly’s parting gifts
Some Twitter users are celebrating online following Fox News’ decision to drop presenter Bill O’Reilly over sexual harassment claims.
However, many have also criticised the “targeting” of the host as a “typical spineless liberal move”.
O’Reilly, 67, said the claims were “completely unfounded” although more than 50 sponsors have withdrawn ads from his show.
Members of the African-American community on Twitter, including author and film maker Tariq Nasheed hit out at the host: “On behalf of the black community, I present Bill with a James Brown wig as a parting gift.” In March, O’Reilly made fun of a black congresswoman’s hair saying he was too distracted by her “James Brown wig”, for which he later apologised.
Previously, O’Reilly convinced Pepsi to drop hip hop artist and actor Ludacris from one of their ads, accusing him of “degrading women”. And one Twitter user contrasted this to present day, with Ludacris starring in the “#1 movie in America” the day O’Reilly was fired.
“Bill O’Reilly got fired! Serena Williams is pregnant! Beyonce will deliver Red and Yellow soon! Tomi Lahren is out of a job! GOD IS GOOD,” another added.
Others lashed out at liberals for focusing on Bill O’Reilly instead of former US president Bill Clinton who was accused by three women of sexual assault in 2016.
“It’s not considered rape if you’re a democrat…Liberals hate Bill O’Reilly but love Bill Clinton #LiberalLogic,” another tweeted.
“Bill O’Reilly is gone and Alex Jones has gone silent. Things are looking up, folks,” one continued.
But some had a more measured response: “Sad part is, Bill O’Reilly isn’t being fired because he harassed women, it’s because we weren’t supposed to find out about it.”
And political commentator Dave Rubin tweeted: “I don’t know what Bill O’Reilly did or didn’t do, but the rejoicing of the destruction of public people is becoming increasingly dangerous.”