Surprise! Bill O'Reilly hates us! And by us, we mean the rich people who flood the tents for Fashion Week. Because we, as "the idle rich" (his words), litter NYFW, dance chaotically to Right Said Fred, and all have weird accents. Editing in with classic clips from movies, man-on-the-street Jesse Watters interviewed a group of show-goers outside of Lincoln Center about their Fashion Week experiences.
Highlighting a couple of heavily accented Russian girls and a gal who may have been punking Watters with her couch potato schtick (we dug her), the over-five-minute clip depicts Fashion Week as a gathering of pretty, vapid reality stars who literally eat nothing. (Aside from Kimora Lee Simmons, who sassily quips, "O'Reilly's not on our team. No.")
But, the best part is obviously O'Reilly's commentary. He says, "When you go to a thing like this, money is no object for these people, right? They are spending $5-$6,000 dollars on their little dresses." Case in point: Katie Holmes selling a $3,100 cape.
Neither O'Reilly nor his producer seemed capable of (or interested in) discerning between reporters, editors, and models as they both railed against show-goers' ignorance of things like Paul Ryan and Medicare, and how in a bubble (Watters' words) and stupid (our words) the fashion world can be. Sadly, Watters didn't even get to see any shows because he wasn't credentialed by "Mercedes Benz" — obviously, the sponsor is just another sign of how rich we all are (although, when was the last time you went to a museum or event or Grand Slam tennis match without a Mercedes attachment?) — so he just hung out in front.
Gotta love the lack of research and nuance here. We try so hard to give all media a fair shot, no matter their affiliations, but really? There's no nod to the fact that this is a multi-billion dollar industry showcasing a phenomenal cache of local talent, providing jobs for hundreds of thousands of Americans (and that's in retail alone; forget tangential industries like media, PR, digital branding, advertising, etc. that thrive on fashion — and are represented heavily at the shows, but not in O'Reilly's assessment), and providing a thriving environment for creativity. Clearly, everyone at Fashion Week (in their mostly borrowed clothes) must be a member of some kind of ignorant, vapid, women-and-foreigner-run conspiracy to ignore the real economic issues facing this country.
So, pass us another Holmes & Yang $3,100 cape and to go with our "little $5,000 dresses," since that's what fashion is like. Definitely. Because, unlike in any other industry, here, you'll never have to eat ramen, work insanely long hours, or have to creatively think out of the box to make ends meet. But hey, we suppose that at least means we're not a part of that 47% of America Romney's not interested in. Guess you can't win 'em all? (Fox News)