The Ed Show | January 04, 2013
>>> and finally tonight, the guy who keeps telling us that he is not a racist just proved himself wrong again. last night bill o 'reilly was spouting off about hawaii and its asian american population.
>> you know what is shocking? 35% of the hawaiian population is asian.
>> and asian people are not liberal, you know, by nature. they're usually more industrious and hardworking.
>> no insult there. just an hour ago, one of hawaii 's representatives demanded an apology. congresswoman colleen hanabusa issued this statement. leave it to bill o 'reilly to thoughtlessly insult 1.3 million people with one sweeping statement. the congresswoman said the next time bill o 'reilly visits our state, i encourage him to spend more time getting to know real people and less time sitting next to the pool and grousing about what he thinks is going on out there. bill o 'reilly insists he is not a racist. what do you think?
>> wait, wait, wait. elvis presley could sing. he had a good voice. his songs had words.
>> he put on a show. this is a little fat guy from pyongyang, or some place, seoul.
>> wearing sunglasses.
>> and he is jumping up and down there. is no comparison between psy, and there are 16 guys named psy on long island that i can tell you about. they don't look like him.
>> the left hates that. hates it, because it is racial profiling . but it's really criminal profiling . in some african-american communities, there is a grievance against whites who aren't sympathetic to their cause. and that may be driving a little bit of it. so there are some african- americans who believe that the reason they're not prospering as a community, all right, is because society hasn't done enough. and the reason society hasn't done enough is because of rich white guys. let's say you're a cocaine deal.
>> and you kind of look like one a little bit.
>> as do you. you look like a cocaine user.
>> there is an outreach. i don't even know what that means, by the obama to administration african- americans . what does that entail? are they going to be on "soul train"? now that is pure racist. nothing else.
>> i agree, bill it is pure racism. let's bring in ed takei here on "the ed show" tonight. mr. takei, great to have you with us.
>> good to be here.
>> you have an unbelievable following in the social media . people pay attention and look to you for your opinions and your response to things. is bill o 'reilly being racist?
>> bill o 'reilly is absolutely clueless, but he pontificates. and on this thing about asian- americans being industrious and hardworking, well, we're like all americans , you know. yeah, we're industrious and hardworking, but to characterize that as a republican trait is totally off the mark, because the majority of us are democrats. i mean you heard from representative colleen hanabusa from hawaii . the most distinguished asian-american elected official passed recently, the late senator dan inouye , awarded a hero from the second world war , bearer of the medal of honor , distinguished u.s. senator , served for over 50 years. and he was a strong democrat. almost every elected official, asian-american elected official in washington is asian-american. from california we have judy chu . and recently elected congressman mark takano.
>> he says it's shocking that asian- americans are hardworking and they vote for liberals. what is shocking?
>> we vote for liberals because we are liberal. we believe in the democratic philosophy. and, yes, there are some asian- americans that are republicans, but, you know, many of them i would venture to say are republicans because it was a democrat who put us in internment camps during the second world war , and also dropped the atomic bomb on hiroshima and nagasaki . but the majority of asian- americans are democrats. and we are very liberal, because the democratic philosophy is one that is better for asian- americans .
>> and bill o 'reilly denies that there was any national racism after world war ii . you experienced that in your life, have you not?
>> we were in prison camps , barbed wire fence, century towers, machine guns pointed at us, searchlights following us at night when we made the night run to the latrine. when we came out of camp, we were literally penniless. and i remember our family lived on skid row for a few months, like many, many japanese-american families. and i remember a teach they're kept calling me the little jap boy. no, the racism was intense, certainly during the war, and after the war. we're americans . my mother was born in sacramento. my father was a san franciscan . my siblings and i were born in los angeles . innocent americans who were put into prison camps . is that not racism?
>> it is. and it also -- i find it very insulting that bill o 'reilly or anyone would have to qualify asian- americans as hardworking. in a roundabout way i think that is demeaning in itself. but i guess it's still up for interpretation from people on that side of the aisle. george takei , i really appreciate your time tonight on "the ed show." thank you so much. that is "the ed