Fox News conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly isn't known for being a compassionate guy. That's just not his thing. The man is simply a magnet for controversy, and he almost always brings that on himself. That being said, sometimes even the hardest of hearts has a moment, or two. O'Reilly is no exception. Yes, there are those rare times when Bill O'Reilly gets it right. This list includes a few instances when O'Reilly makes a reasonable point. It's not a really long list, but hey, it's worth a read.
Some would argue that Bill O'Reilly is completely insane. Fair enough. He's given us countless reasons to think so. Examples? Oh, just check out this lovely list of Mr. O'Reilly's Top 8 Science FAILs. See? Told ya. But even with these embarrassing and often infuriating instances, O'Reilly occasionally manages to shock us by actually making sense. That's even more frightening than the idea of a completely insane person having a daily television forum before millions of Americans, isn't it?
Behold, this list of the (rare) times that Bill O'Reilly takes the side of compassion, tolerance and overall understanding. For the most part. Sometimes. On occasion.
O'Reilly Sticks Up for Transgender Miss Universe Contestant
In late-March of 2012, Bill O'Reilly aired a segment on The O'Reilly factor about 23-year-old Jenna Talackova, a transgender woman who was kicked out of competing for the title of Miss Universe Canada because she was born a man. The Vancouver woman was disqualified after pageant officials learned she'd had sexual reassignment surgery. Talacokva threatened a lawsuit in the case, saying she had every right to compete, even though she wasn't born a woman.
Enter Bill O'Reilly. In a shocking turn of events, O'Reilly actually defended Jenna Talackova's right to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant, noting that Talackova didn't break any laws and is "free to do what she wants to do." O'Reilly completely backed Talackova, saying:
What right does the Miss Universe pageant have to violate this lady’s right to be a woman? They are basically saying because you weren’t born a woman, you don’t have a right to be a woman... [I]t doesn’t sound right to me.
Bill O'Reilly said Talackova has every right to compete in the pageant designed for women. He argued that the competition officials violated the transgender beauty queen's rights by kicking her out.
Just days after O'Reilly threw his support behind Talackova, the Miss Universe Organization said in a statement that the transgender contestant could indeed compete:
The Miss Universe Organization will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.