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Maxine Waters and Hillary Clinton have words for Bill O’Reilly and his ‘everyday sexism’
‘I am a strong black woman and I will not be intimidated,’ the congresswoman declared.
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is not known for his tact or sensitivity, or for being particularly kind to women or people of color. But when he said he couldn’t be bothered to “hear a word” Rep. Maxine Waters of California said Monday, because he “was looking at [her] James Brown wig,” the internet was not having it. And neither was Waters.
On Monday night, the always straightforward congresswoman went on MSNBC’s All in With Chris Hayes and declared, “I am a strong black woman and cannot be intimidated.” O’Reilly also apologized for his remark—a rarity for a man who regularly rails against political correctness.
In her Professional Women’s Conference speech on Monday, Hillary Clinton also stood up for Waters, saying she was “taunted” and a victim of “everyday sexism.” Clinton also invoked the name of April Ryan, the longtime White House correspondent who was told by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday to “stop shaking” her head during a press conference when she was trying to ask a question.
“Too many women, especially women of color, have a had a lifetime of practice of taking precisely these kinds of indignities in stride,” said Clinton. “But why should we have to?”
Meanwhile, the hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork erupted on Twitter to call out the everyday discrimination black women face on the job.
Having to change your normally monotone voice to make everyone feel comfortable so they don't portray you as angry #BlackWomenAtWork— Elle . (@lanitamargarita) March 29, 2017
I spoke up abt racism at work: *crickets from leadership*— EricaJoy (@EricaJoy) March 28, 2017
White woman spoke abt sexual harassment: company wide town hall#BlackWomenAtWork
There was the time I ran into a judge in court in downtown LA and he assumed I was a defendant and not a lawyer. #BlackWomenAtWork— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) March 28, 2017
Pulling into my own reserved parking space and being told by a random WW that cleaning people can't park there. #BlackWomenAtWork— Gina PrinceBythewood (@GPBmadeit) March 28, 2017
If O’Reilly was looking for a fight, then he came to the right place because Twitter and Maxine Waters don’t play—her blunt contempt for bigotry is what makes her one of the most beloved people in Congress.
Rep. Waters on Trump: "I don't honor him. I don't respect him, and I don't want to be involved with him." https://t.co/WRLNsw71Jt— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 17, 2017
Jessica Machado is the IRL editor of the Daily Dot. Previously, she was an associate editor at Rolling Stone. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, Elle, Vice, Salon, BuzzFeed, Guernica, Bitch, Bust, the Cut, the Awl, the Toast, among others.