In the wake of calls to remove the Confederate flag from public view, Fox News host Sean Hannity said on his radio show that perhaps rap music should face a similar fate.
“Can you still buy a Jay Z CD at Walmart? Does the music department at Sears have any Ludacris albums? Can I download 50 Cent on Amazon? Can I do that? Can I get some Snoop Dogg albums on eBay? Why do I say that? Because a lot of music by those artists are chock full of the N-word, by the way, and the B-word, and the H-word. And racist, misogynist, sexist, anti-woman slurs none of those retail executives would be caught dead using,” Hannity said.
The conservative talk show host also called out President Barack Obama for his relationship with Jay Z and Beyonce — noting that Obama and his family members are fans of the couple’s music. “If it’s OK for Obama’s teenage daughters and people to go into these stores and buy music chock full of the N-word, the B-word, well maybe we should consider banning that too,” Hannity said. “We’re in the process of banning everything. Just a thought.”
After nine black people were murdered at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina last week, major corporations such as Walmart and Amazon pulled items emblazoned with the Confederate flag. (The alleged killer, Dylann Roof, was photographed with the flag, which also flies over the South Carolina State House.) Warner Bros. Consumer Products also announced it would no longer license “die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits featuring the General Lee with the confederate flag on its roof.” The car is famous for its use in The Dukes of Hazzard.