On his radio show Wednesday, conservative pundit Sean Hannity decided to tackle the issue of the moment (and of the past two centuries): the Confederate flag. He drew some rather unlikely equivalencies in the process — namely, he said if retailers wanted to stop selling things that were offensive (as so many have done with the flag, in the wake of last week’s Charleston shooting), they should stop selling hip-hop as well.
“Some retailers — Sears, Walmart, Amazon, eBay and the rest of the retailers in the last 24 hours — have announced that they intend to discontinue sales of the Confederate flag,” Hannity began. “I have a question: 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? Can I do that? Can I get some Snoop Dogg on eBay?”
Hannity went on to explain why he thinks everyone from Luda to Snoop should be subject to the same regulations placed on the Confederate flag, a symbol that is very explicitly tied to the protection of slavery and racial inequality. His reasoning? “A lot of music by those artists are chock-full of the N-word 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.”
The pundit continued his tirade specifically calling out Jay Z, Beyonce (?) and Prince (??), who’ve all performed at the White House. Notably, Hannity thinks Prince deserves to get the boot from retailers for aesthetic reasons, not because he says anything offensive: “I don’t know if he uses any of that language in his music, I have no idea. I’m not a big Prince fan. I don’t get it, frankly. I listen to his music, I’m like, ‘That’s it?’ I don’t get it.”
Hannity, who seemed unable to name an African-American musician he was a fan of, concluded with a dig at the Obamas. “If it’s OK for Obama’s teenage daughters and people to go into these stores and buy music chock-full of the N-word, the B-word, well maybe we should consider banning that too,” Hannity added. “We’re in the process of banning everything.”
Listen to the full clip below: