So I was channel surfing Monday night and came across Bill O'Reilly discussing with two guests the saga of pop singers Rihanna and Chris Brown.
The topic was a survey of teenagers, in which nearly half the respondents blamed Rihanna for the beating Brown allegedly gave her several weeks ago.
O'Reilly then said this about why any sane person could even dream of blaming Rihanna for getting assaulted: "And I'm chalking this up to hip-hop rap music. That's what I'm chalking this up to."
He went on to blame rap and hip-hop culture as the root cause for some kids having a blame-the-victim attitude toward domestic violence.
Now, I know it makes some of you cringe when I say from time to time that I agreed with O'Reilly on something.
But relax. This definitely isn't one of those times.
Men were beating their girlfriends and wives before anyone ever heard of rap. When cavemen were pounding on stones with sticks in the first drum solos, there was probably domestic assault.
I can recall when I was a teenager in the late '80s asking my mom, who was doing laundry, if she had seen my white wife beater. I didn't mean my neighbor with the truck on cinder blocks in his front yard. I meant my ribbed, tank top T-shirt.
I didn't get that T-shirt nickname from a rhyme. I got that from a buddy, who said he got it from Mad Mag.
Country music has featured songs describing domestic abuse for decades. There hasn't been a major run on wife/girlfriend beating by country fans as a result...not that I've heard of.
O'Reilly's allegation is a dangerous one. What's next? Rock music made me wear tight jeans that cut off my blood flow? Country made me drink too much? Old Rocky movies made me want to slur my words and beat the crap out of a rival? Rambo made me want to sneak into Vietnam and shoot the place up? Watching Congress on C-Span made me want to become a crook?