During a recent telethon for Hurricane Harvey victims, Houston native Beyoncé gave an impassioned speech:
Natural disasters don't discriminate. They don't see if you're an immigrant, Black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. We're all in this together. The effects of climate change are playing out around the world everyday. Just this past week, we've seen devastation from the monsoon in India, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico and multiple catastrophic hurricanes. Irma alone has left a trail of death and destruction from the Caribbean to Florida to the Southern United States. We have to be prepared for what comes next.
Powerful and spot-on, right?
Ben Stein was not impressed. During an appearance on Fox News, Stein said:
We don't need Beyonce lecturing us on climate change. We don't need Beyonce lecturing us on racism. This country in terms of racism is so much better off than it has ever been. They're saying things can't get worse, she doesn't know her ... behind from her elbow.”
To top off his lecture about celebrity lectures, Stein added:
Mr. Trump is the least racist president there's ever been — it just makes me sick to see people calling this a racist country and calling Mr. Trump a racist.
And then Fox News tweeted Stein's remarks, because of course they did:
Twitter was having none of it:
A Twitter user named Naylah chimed in:
School was in session when Just Jaszee threw down a lesson on white privilege and racism in America:
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