John Legend could not hold his tongue. On Wednesday (March 8), which happened to be International Women's Day, the singer was so incensed by a comment he read by Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly he had to go all in on the O'Reilly Factor host.
The incident began when O'Reilly tweeted "Unruly Andrea Mitchell escorted from press conf," a reference to NBC News' veteran Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent. "The NBC host shouts questions at Secretary of State Rex Tillerson," O'Reilly added. Legend quickly responded, "She's not your granddaughter, Billy. She's a seasoned journalist asking important questions."
She's not your granddaughter, Billy. She's a seasoned journalist asking important questions. You should take notes. https://t.co/6RrISQgsEo
- John Legend (@johnlegend) March 9, 2017
Mitchell, who has been a reporter for 50 years, attempted to ask Tillerson a question during a photo op with Ukranian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkinon on Tuesday, inquiring about Chinese threats of retaliation for U.S. anti-missile defenses in South Korea. She was ushered out fo the room after making the inquiry.
Legend wasn't the only one who backed up Mitchell for her determined reporting.
This is really great to watch @mitchellreports push for details. One of the hardest working people in television https://t.co/TaJMvaAw7h
- Mark Meredith (@markpmeredith) March 8, 2017
You guys. This happened today.
This is why we ❤️ Andrea @mitchellreports. There is nobody more dogged, more tenacious. The best. pic.twitter.com/uINDWmOYEM- Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 7, 2017
Tip of the Day: On International Women's Day, don't call veteran, pioneering female journalist "unruly" for doing her job. @mitchellreports https://t.co/weROZB6msi
- Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) March 8, 2017
1) Ya can't call it a "press conf" if no questions are taken
2) We should all be as "unruly" as Andrea Mitchell when public officials dodge https://t.co/Bec5z0uQ9B- Matt Viser (@mviser) March 8, 2017
take: "UNRULY" is a better male-authored female disobedience tattoo than "NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED" https://t.co/1Ai1SMSx9Q
- Erin --Gloria-- Ryan (@morninggloria) March 8, 2017
Mitchell, of course, got the last, best word.
"And that does it for this UNRULY edition of Andrea @MitchellReports" [mic drop] pic.twitter.com/mS19gAdUDq
- Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 8, 2017