After Kevin O’Leary said last week that half the world living in poverty is “fantastic news,” O’Leary and his CBC co-host Amanda Lang decided to “continue the discussion” this Tuesday. Several news outlets had linked to the clip, inspiring popular outrage over O’Leary’s callousness.
Tuesday’s episode of Lang and O’Leary Exchange came and went with no discussion. In fact, Kevin O’Leary wasn’t even on the show; he was preparing to offer third-rate analysis of the State of the Union address at CNBC.
While it wasn’t on air and it’s not available on either the CBC website or the show’s YouTube channel, O’Leary and Lang’s continued discussion was posted to Kevin O’Leary’s personal YouTube channel. It is, in common parlance, a doozy.
The entire purpose of this segment is to temper O’Leary’s cartoonishly pro-capitalist remarks, and yet O’Leary offers only a half-hearted compromise before immediately moving back into a full-throated defence of free-market capitalism:
No, I don’t think poverty is fantastic, and I don’t think income disparity is fantastic. What I think is how successful capitalism has been over the last 100 years in reducing poverty and in reducing income disparity. [...] Amanda, I want you to thank capitalism for that.
So Kevin O’Leary doesn’t think poverty and income disparity are great. Capitalism is great! And capitalism has cut down on poverty and income disparity! What’s that? The very study we’re looking at says income disparity is rising? Well, but, capitalism is awesome. So don’t try to take any of my money with your harebrained “tax” schemes!
We now have conclusive evidence Kevin O’Leary is a moron who won’t even shut up when it will benefit him most.
Everyone who cares already knows Kevin O’Leary is an unthinking, illiterate über-capitalist. No one needs more ammo to poke fun at him. All he had to do during this clip was say “I don’t hate poor people” and despite how terrible he is, everyone would have moved on. But Kevin O’Leary couldn’t stop spouting shitty nonsense for even that long.
Keep on doing you, Kevin O’Leary. And don’t forget to pick up your government-funded paycheque before you bash taxes and poor people again.