Bill O’Reilly vs 8 year old

Saturday, December 9 2006

I have to say, an unexpected turn around for Bill – I didn’t see that one coming but it is a bad one.

I saw the 8 year old’s clip first but this one is better. The comments are great too. And what can I say – I share some of the views as this girl. But I think it has been produced for a tinsy-winsy controversial and to get 163,645 views.

11 Responses to “Bill O’Reilly vs 8 year old”

  1. Slim Says:

    Thats child abuse??? How is that abuse when the child was neither exploited, nor harmed in anyway?

  2. capricorncringe Says:

    I am not taking sides on this one way or the other because I have mixed feelings about the content. But .. I will point out for Slim why other people think it’s child abuse.

    This 8 year old was expressing views and opinions that were obviously not hers. Even the most gifted, precocious 8 year old on the planet doesn’t think that deeply about religion and politics. So the child was exploited to make a point – and to put across a view that she doesn’t hold herself.
    As O’Reilly pointed out, she was talking about things that get people seriously crazy. If I knew those parents, I would certainly have something to say to them about them putting up a video for all the nutjobs on the planet to see. For someone determined enough and crazy enough, it wouldn’t be impossible to find that kid – and that puts her in jeopardy. And that makes the parents bad parents. Very bad parents.

  3. Slim Says:

    That is just taking law to the extreme, Cap. I know no 8 year old would think about politics or religion. The question here is: was the child forced to say those things by her parents? By forced, I mean “put-gun-to-the-head” or “I’ll-rip-your-head-off” kind of forced. I don’t think so.

    If this is child abuse, then the directors and scriptwriters of movies with kids in them should be termed nuts and put in prison for “child abuse” as well.

  4. Slim Says:

    That is just taking law to the extreme, Cap. I know no 8 year old is into politics or religion. But how is this child abuse? Was the child forced to make the statements that she made? And by forced, I mean “put-gun-to-the-head” or a “I-ll-rip-your-head-off-if-you-don’t-do-as-I-say” kind of forced. I don’t think so.

    If this is child abuse, then the directors and scriptwriters of movies with kids in them should be termed nuts and put in prison for “child abuse” as well.

  5. Lizze Says:

    Maybe there is a US perspective and a non-US perspective. I had the same reaction as slim but after reading your points cap, I can see that perspective too. The video clip has controversial elements in it.

    However, this is a kid and any crazy people should stop and think and realise that this is a kid and accordingly. Crazy people should not be allowed to set the parameters for what is ok to say.

    One thing I do NOT like is the fear factor being used here. “Oh you can’t say this or that cos a mad person might do something to you”. That is not an environment for free speech.

  6. amenthyst Says:

    no comment. but the kid will be in real trouble and her family as well…

  7. capricorncringe Says:

    maybe it is a brit vs. american perspective thing.

    I just think it’s wrong to use kids to make a point … no matter what the point is and no matter where you are. We shouldn’t have to think about how the crazies will react to a video – I agree with you on that. But … this is a kid. She’s not an adult and she can’t make that decision for herself. An adult (her parent) made that decision for her – and in the case of children, unfortunately, we ,do have to consider what the crazies are going to do or how they will react.

  8. Slim Says:

    What???? My comment didn’t get published??? Grr, let me try my best to remember what I typed yesterday night:

    That is just taking law to the extreme, Cap. I know no 8 year old is into politics or religion. But how is this child abuse? Was the child forced to make the statements that she made? And by forced, I mean “put-gun-to-the-head” or a “I-ll-rip-your-head-off-if-you-don’t-do-as-I-say” kind of forced. I don’t think so.

    If this is child abuse, then the directors and scriptwriters of movies with kids in them should be termed nuts and put in prison for “child abuse” as well.

  9. Slim Says:

    Ahah! There they are now.

  10. capricorncringe Says:

    I didn’t say i agreed with it, Slim. I only pointed out what the point of view was. Don’t shoot the messenger!!!!!!!!

    And … what if there is a God and he gets really mad about what this kid said. Then she goes to hell … and that is child abuse. Heh.

  11. Slim Says:

    Hehe, I was only arguing with the point of view of O’ Riley.

    Ahah! I think we all can escape hell by calling St. Peter a human abuser when he points towards hell when we reach…… whatever that place with the big gate is called.