Sean Hannity raised his hand on his radio show Thursday to ask a question regarding the decision of many major retailers to stop selling the Confederate flag: “Can you still buy a Jay Z CD at Walmart? Does the music department at Sears have any Ludacris albums? Can I download 50 Cent on Amazon?”
As Media Matters points out, the Fox News and conservative talk show host proceeded to guide his listeners down an outrageous slope equating a symbol of slavery, oppression and treason to the periodically problematic lyrics that appear in hip-hop songs.
“Now, why do I say that?” Hannity continued. “Because a lot of the music by those artists is chock-full of the ‘N word,’ by the way, and the ‘B-word,’ and the ‘H-word,’ and racist, misogynist, sexist, anti-woman slurs none of those retail executives would be caught dead using… By the way, if you want to ban the Confederate flag, ban it. But if they’re gonna ban that, they’re wracking up millions of dollars, I’m sure a lot more money, in sales of music that gratuitously uses the ‘N word!'”
Hannity’s reactionary Tipper Gore schtick continued as he pondered why President Barack Obama would invite Jay Z and Beyoncé to the White House, let alone allow his teenage daughters to buy their records, when their music contained such vulgarities. But Hannity’s rant reached peak curmudgeon when he brought up Prince, who recently performed at the White House with Stevie Wonder: “I don’t know if he uses any of that language. I have no idea. I’m not a big Prince fan. I don’t get it, frankly. I listen to his music and I’m like, ‘That’s it?'”