July 28, 2016


Questlove Responds to Bill O'Reilly For Remarks About Slavery

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images

At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday night, first lady Michelle Obama gave a rousing speech. Her remarks were poignant and full bodied, but one statement in particular managed to rile up Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. 

The statement—“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves”—irked the pundit, compelling him to offer a riposte on his program Tuesday night. O'Reilly sought to lambast Obama with historical hindsight, telling his viewers “Slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government.”

Naturally, O'Reilly's efforts to normalize human bondage haven't gotten off lightly, and many people—including Questlove—have aired some scathing rebukes. The Tonight Show bandleader and The Roots drummer used Instagram to castigate O'Reilly, never mentioning him by name, but clearly referencing him as "a man in a suit pretending to be a journalist giving revisionist history on the ugliness that was slavery."

Read Questlove's statement in the caption below: 

Next up, and in lighter news, watch Fuse in conversation with The Roots drummer himself: