Russell Simmons Calls Out Bill O’Reilly, Others … To Blog?

By Allen Starbury  |  02/05/2009

2009-02-05 - Bill O'Reilly and Russell SimmonsHip-hop pioneer and's new editor-in-chief, Russell Simmons, called out Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and columnist and critic Stanley Crouch, on Wednesday (February 4), to write a personal blog geared to the hip-hop audience of artists, fans, and executives alike.

Via, Simmons' challenges the three noted critics of hip-hop culture to join their celebrity blogger initiative as a channel to voice their opinions and speak directly to the community.

Simmons, who also addresses issues via his own blog on the site, called out O'Reilly, specifically.

"For far too long, Bill has used 'The O'Reilly Factor' on Fox News to spew inaccurate statements and ideological taunts about hip-hop," Simmons recently wrote on his blog. "Rather than speaking indirectly to us, using the code of right wing rhetoric, I am giving Bill O'Reilly a straight-up opportunity to come out of the Spin Zone and speak to millions of hip-hop supporters and leaders about whatever he may feel is important."

Known for generally taunting aspects of the hip-hop culture -- from lyrical content to actions by artists to their lack of positive influence on society -- each personality has never spoken to this target audience with a direct approach and means in which the hip-hop community can directly respond back with their thoughts on the topics discussed and criticized.

With the hip-hop generation largely responsible for the biggest youth voter turnout in American history during this past election, Russell hopes his community site will give fans a voice to show how they are making a difference and bridge the communication gap between them and personalities such as O'Reilly, Limbaugh and Crouch.

Read Russell's full blog about this challenge over at