Audra McDonald’s Twitter rant against conservative political pundit Bill O’Reilly, who made remarks about slaves building the White House, caught the eye of many social media users.
Tony Award winner Audra McDonald was one of many people who responded to First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). When Mrs. Obama delivered her speech at the DNC on July 25, she made remarks about the slave labor that was utilized to build the White House, amongst other buildings in the nation’s capital, reported Playbill. Although this isn’t the only occasion the first lady remarked on the use of slave labor, the large amount of convention viewership led the national media to draw attention to her comments.
Audra McDonald’s Twitter wasn’t the only place filled with a slew of comments about the first lady’s remarks. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly also had a lot to say about Michelle Obama’s slavery statements. Initially, the conservative news host said that the first lady’s speech was a “positive comment” on the progression of American history. He also added that Obama’s remarks were “fascinating” and mentioned that additional workers who weren’t slaves helped construct the White House.
Still, Audra McDonald’s Twitter rant came to fruition once Bill O’Reilly said, “Slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802. However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor.”
The six-time Tony Award winner used a series of slavery images to prove her point.
She first wrote, “Dear Bill O’ Reilly… live in this,” and posted a photograph of a black family standing outside of a rickety wooden cabin.
She captioned her second image of black hands in shackles with, “Dear Bill O’Reilly… wear these.”
Audra McDonald’s Twitter comments didn’t stop there. The film and stage star also shared a sketch of a crowded boat comprised of dozens of slaves being treated like cattle.
Her accompanying caption was, “Dear Bill O’Reilly…take a ride on this.”
She also added a picture of a slave’s stomach covered in lesions and told the conservative news host to “endure some of these.”
In her final Twitter photograph, she posted an image of a mother and her child being separated.
Beneath the photo stated, “Do you often buy the wife without husband? ‘Yes, very often; and frequently, too, they sell me the mother while they keep her children. I have often known them take away the infant from its mother’s breast, and keep it, while they sold her.'”
Audra McDonald’s epic Twitter rant ended with her saying, “Dear Bill O’Reilly…Maybe now you’ll get why people are having a hard time with your description of the slaves ‘accommodations.'”
Still, McDonald wasn’t the only person who took to Twitter to comment on Bill O’Reilly’s remarks. Television producer and writer Shonda Rhimes also used the online social media site as a platform to express her views, reported BET.
She wrote, “The idiocy never ceases to amaze me. Try slavery, Bill. Let us know how good the food is while you wear chains.”
Audra McDonald’s Twitter wasn’t the only place that featured multiple tweets about Bill O’Reilly’s remarks. Rhimes also posted an additional tweet about the Fox political correspondent’s statement.
“Bill: Chat about cuisine after they steal your name, homeland, family then beat you, breed you and make you work for free.”
Bill O’ Reilly replied to the public outcry from his comments.
According to the New York Times, O’Reilly tweeted, “Far left loons distort tip about FLOTUS statement that slaves built White House. She’s correct and I provided facts. More on The Factor -BO’R.”
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