Bill O'Reilly reviewed a new McDonald's commercial airing in France that shows a young man talking to his boyfriend. The tag line, "Come as you are," signals that the food chain welcomes gay customers. Nathalie Legarlantezec, the brand director of McDonald's France, stated, "We wanted to take a look at how French society is today. We're very comfortable with the topic of homosexuality; there is obviously no problem with homosexuality in France today".
In a discussion with Fox News anchor Jane Skinner, O'Reilly argues that the ad will never run in the U.S. If he is correct, that is unfortunate. O'Reilly then makes a startling statement. Watch:
O’Reilly: Alright, so look, they want to make a political statement selling burgers. They’re entitled to it. It will never run in the USA. They’ll never do that.
Skinner: Part of an overreaching campaign called come as you are, which you saw at the end there. So they show people in different walks of life. This happens to be their gay friendly ad.
O’Reilly: OK. Do they have an al Qaeda ad, you know, come as you are? You know?
Skinner: And how do you know it’s not coming to the States?
O’Reilly: I don’t know.
Skinner: Never say never.
O’Reilly: No. That would not — I guarantee you that will not run here.
From gay-friendly to al Qaeda-friendly. That's a natural progression, right? Think of the terror caused by the very prospect of gay marriage.
O'Reilly's comment was condemned by LGBT groups. OReilly, who likens himself to a culture warrior, has a track record of anti-gay comments.