Falafel-abusing a-hole Bill O’Reilly and “right of Attila the Hun” has-been Ray Stevens discuss Stevens’ compassionate conservative novelty songs, including “Ahab the Arab,” an insulting ditty filled with fake Arabic chanting, camel noises, and some veiled bint laying around gorging her yap while waiting to get porked by some towel-headed, jewel-encrusted, scimitar-wielding “AY-rab.”
STEVENS: That was ‘62. [The Council on American-Islamic Relations] wasn’t around. You know, there wasn’t evil or an intent in that song except for fun.Next: we remember the good old days when we could call Jews “kikes” and hang Negroes.
O’REILLY: Right. I’ll agree with anything you say, you’re a republican.
STEVENS: And, you know, as a kid I read “Arabian Nights.” I was a big fan of the whole culture. And so I wrote this song as a comedy song just for fun.
O’REILLY: So 48 years ago — 48 years ago in this country we could make fun of Arabs. … We could make fun of people in a general way, and certainly, Ahab was the Arab was a general parody. But now, we can’t. What has changed in America?
Good fucking god.