O'Reilly: "I'm a brother, man. You can't be doing that to me. I know the Cubes from the Ts."
Give Bill O'Reilly a little credit: He can tell two of the most prominent rapper-actors in the world apart, despite their similar names.
The same could not be said for his guest on Monday's Martin Luther King Day episode, media critic Bernie Goldberg.
To introduce a segment on a New York Times piece about race in the presidential election, O'Reilly jokingly said he once considered Goldberg "the whitest guy in town."
But in an attempt to prove how not-white he is, Goldberg produced a photo of himself with Ice Cube, who he identified as Ice-T, "one of the iconic figures in black culture and music."
"That's Ice Cube," O'Reilly immediately corrected.
After a brief exchange in which Goldberg continued to insist Ice Cube was Ice-T, he finally conceded that Ice Cube was in fact Ice Cube.
"That's how white you are. You don't know Ice-T from Ice Cube," O'Reilly said. "I'm a brother, man. You can't be doing that to me. I know the Cubes from the Ts."
Ice-T was unimpressed, responding on Twitter: "FUCK O'Reilly."
Goldberg isn't the first person to confuse Ice-T and Ice Cube, given their similar names. But he is the first person in about twenty years.
That's fitting, because Goldberg's picture of Cube looked to be about two decades old. Ice Cube's hairstyle and T-shirt for Da Lench Mob, a group that debuted on his first solo album, would seem to date the photo in the early 1990s.
Since then, both Ice-T and Ice Cube have developed successful acting careers, with Ice-T a regular on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" since 2000 and Ice Cube producing and starring in the "Friday, "Barbershop" and "Are We There Yet" films. The two also appeared together in 1992's "Trespass."
It was unclear why Goldberg still has a framed, 20-year-old picture commemorating the day he met a rapper whose name he can't remember. We won't even get into the whole hand-gesture issue.
You can watch the whole exchange here.
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