By Pete Kotz
on Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 5:55 AM
Speaking of bad publicity, our pal Southern Beale is questioning CMT's selection of cable yapper Bill O'Reilly as a presenter for next Tuesday's Music Awards. As she says, the move only solidifies "the stereotype that country music is for white, right-wing, tea-bagging Republican rednecks."
We'll give CMT a break. Since presenters also include Ted Nugent and Kid Rock, we're guessing they didn't get a lot of return calls from the A-listers. But as Lady Beale notes, O'Reilly is an especially weird choice:
So CMT thinks the guy who repeatedly uses inflammatory, racist rhetoric about liberals and Democrats, who launched his own "jihad" against the murdered Dr. Tiller, whom he repeatedly called on air a "baby killer," the guy who says gay marriage will lead to dolphin, goat, duck, and turtle marriage -- this is a guy you think belongs on your awards ceremony, handing out trophies?
We're not all that worried about Bill's politics. Chances are, they probably play well with the country crowd. But doesn't CMT run the risk of ruining its pure-as-the-driven snow image by putting a pervert on national TV? (See video above.)