Beck’s Islamophobic comments ‘ignorant, incorrect, extremely hurtful’
Backlashes of human rights violating comments by former FOX News Channel host Glenn Beck as he discussed last week’s racist based murder of at least 76 mainly youth in Norway, are occurring around the world as high-profile critics say Beck’s repugnant comments add to the killers racism and are another example of extremist right-wing antics, viscously wrapped in Islamophobia, with cruel disregard for innocent victims. Media Matters wants the public to pressure Beck’s advertisers to quit sponsoring him and a Jewish organization issued cease and desist orders.
Following the Norway massacre Friday, Beck’s Monday comparison of the summer camp where most of the 76 victims died, to Hitler Youth in Nazi Germany prompted, among other backlashes, a major organization to issue a “cease and desist” order.
As tens of thousands of Norwegians mourn, reject the murder suspect’s racist rhetoric, lay thousands of flowers around the capital where entire streets are awash in flowers, with Oslo’s florists run out of roses, Glenn Beck, representing America’s religious right-wing, reached a new low critics say.
“There was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler Youth, or whatever,” the boyish faced 47-year old Beck said Monday. “I mean, who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing.”
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s former press secretary condemned Beck’s remarks as “ignorant, incorrect and extremely hurtful.”
“Just when we think Glenn Beck can get no more offensive, he ups the ante,” National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) President David Harris said Tuesday in a statement according to CBS News.
“It is simply horrendous that Beck would compare the young victims of this tragic crime in Norway to the ‘Hitler Youth.’ It is repugnant to invoke the Holocaust like this when discussing a Labor Party summer camp for teens — to say nothing of a camp that was attacked in this calamitous way.”
CBS News reports that Harris called on Beck to “cease and desist” his rhetoric in honor of the victims of Norway as well as the Holocaust.
Peaceful resistance of Beck the way it hurts: The dollar
This year, after show host Beck was ousted out of FOX News due to public pressure caused by what human rights defenders called hate speech, eight radio also stations dropped Glenn Beck’s show from their lineup.
“Beck may not be on TV any more, but Americans are still not safe from his brand of hate-filled right-wing propaganda,” Media Matter’s President and CEO Matt Butler said in a statement Wednesday.
“In pathetically typical fashion, Beck didn’t turn around and offer an apology or clarification–or even address his comments — on his next show,” said Butler.
“Instead, he said that if we can’t use Hitler analogies in ‘logical conversation’ then “we are going to be a society of gas chambers.
Sixty-eight people, mostly youth in their teens and 20s, were killed Friday in a shooting spree allegedly by a right wing Christian Islamophobic extremist on Norway’s Utoya Island hosting a summer camp connected with Labor Party’s youth wing learning about democracy. Eight people were killed in a connected bomb blast outside government headquarters in Oslo.
Beck’s FOX News program’s final episode aired June 30. As of September 21, 2010, 296 advertisers had asked that their commercials not be shown on Fox News during Beck’s programming according to The New York Times.
“Getting Glenn Beck off television and relegating him to radio was a critical first step,” said Butler. “But it’s clearly not enough.”
Butler is calling for public pressure to get advertisers to drop Beck so he is ousted from radio as he was from television.
“We’ve got to keep pushing to make sure this mean-spirited venom doesn’t spread any further.”