Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Wednesday accused Stevie Wonder of trying to “sell product” after the musician pledged to boycott Florida and all of the other 21 states with “Stand Your Ground” laws.
Following a Florida jury’s decision to find former neighborhood watchmen George Zimmerman not guilty for the murder of slain teen Trayvon Martin, Wonder had said that he would “never perform there again.”
“Why do you think they’re doing that? Because they want to sell product to people who feel that way,” O’Reilly told the hosts of Fox & Friends on Wednesday. “It’s all business. As a I said last night on Talking Points Memo, it’s bad for business to go against your crew. If the minority crew believes this was an injustice, a guy like Stevie Wonder or Rihanna or whoever it is isn’t going to say you’re wrong, it’s bad for business. They don’t know what happened.”
“But what about the fact that Steve Wonder says, I’m not going to any — perform in any state where they have Stand Your Ground laws?” Fox News host Steve Doocy Wondered.
“He’s knocked out 30 states!” co-host Brian Kilmeade pointed out.
“He’s got 20 left,” O’Reilly shrugged. “I don’t know how much demand Stevie’s in right now, with all due respect. He’s a genius, but I don’t know if we’re going to miss him.”
“I don’t have a beef with Stevie Wonder. I do have a beef with people who are dishonest and who playing to a certain sentiment to make money, and that’s what it’s all about,” he added. “It’s all about the money, it’s not about Trayvon Martin. And then the politicians use the poor boy’s death to push gun control or whatever they want to push. So, Trayvon Martin’s being exploited. Alright? They’re exploiting him. And it’s wrong.”
After O’Reilly’s rant accusing Stevie Wonder of wanting to “sell product,” Kilmeade plugged the culture warrior’s latest books, Killing Kennedy and Keep it Pithy.
O’Reilly reminded the viewers that he was also selling Kennedy’s Last Days, a book for children.
“And I want everybody to lock in on that,” he insisted. “It’s a beautiful book.”
Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast July 17, 2013.