(AllHipHop News) The revelation that Bill O’Reilly was involved in $13 million worth of settlements for multiple accusations of sexual harassment and Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi commercial being pulled were two of the biggest news stories from last week.
O’Reilly losing sponsors for his Fox News show over the allegations and Pepsi bowing down to public pressure over its perceived tone-deaf ad actually tie together in another way.
It was O’Reilly that went on an on-air crusade in 2002 to get Atlanta rapper Ludacris dropped by Pepsi as a celebrity endorser for supposedly promoting the “disrespect of women” in his lyrics.
The Grammy-winning Hip Hop artist and O’Reilly reportedly settled their public feud at a charity event in 2010.
However, during a recent stop by The Breakfast Club, Luda was asked about his history with The O’Reilly Factor host and O’Reilly’s recent public relation troubles over his alleged mistreatment of women.
“It’s not my place to judge Bill O’Reilly the same way that he judged me,” stated Ludacris. “It’s a lot of maturity and a lot of growth. I’ve moved on past it.”
He continued, “I’m thriving in life right now. All I can do is hope that Bill O’Reilly settles these issues and learns from whatever mistakes he may have made… It is definitely ironic that both Pepsi and Bill O’Reilly are under fire right now.”
“All of that overly criticizing and just condemning all rap artists and rap music for misogyny – look what’s going on,” added Luda.
O’Reilly has also taken aim at other rappers such as Jay Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Cam’ron, Lupe Fiasco, Common, and Snoop Dogg.
The 67-year-old talking head has blamed rap music for the decline in young Americans identifying as Christians as well.
Ludacris was at Power 105.1 – along with actor/singer Tyrese – to promote The Fate of the Furious movie which is set to hit theaters on April 14.