Fox News host Bill O’Reilly criticized actor Samuel L. Jackson on Wednesday, saying that Jackson was trying to undermine faith in the justice system by calling on fellow celebrities to sing a protest song concerning the use of violence by police.
“At this point, Samuel L. Jackson has made more than 100 films and is a very, very wealthy man,” O’Reilly said. “So with all due respect, rather than diminish his country, Mr. Jackson should be trying to make it better. His message could be that, ‘If I can succeed, so can you.'”
Earlier this week, Jackson challenged celebrities who took part in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” that gained massive online popularity to record themselves singing a short song he composed in the wake of the nationwide protests regarding the grand jury decisions in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases.
“I can hear my neighbor crying ‘I can’t breathe,’ now I’m in the struggle and I can’t leave,” Jackson sang. “Calling out the violence of the racist police, we ain’t gonna stop till people are free. We ain’t gonna stop till people are free.”
But O’Reilly accused Jackson of “hopping on the grievance train,” even though the Factor host said he believed President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s remarks to People Magazine concerning their own brushes with prejudice.
“I believe every single African-American has experienced that,” O’Reilly said. “So have most overweight Americans, most gay Americans. Most of us have been insulted and ridiculed by ignorant people. That is not the collective fault of the nation. It is the individual’s failing.”
Watch O’Reilly’s commentary, as posted online on Wednesday, below.