Many were shocked by President Donald Trump’s decision to attack Syria on April 6, but Brian Williams seemed aroused by the airstrike! Brian got dragged for calling the missile strikes ‘beautiful,’ as people reminded him that those machines bring death and destruction.
“We see these beautiful pictures, at night, at the decks of these two U.S. navy vessels in the eastern Mediterranean,” Brian Williams, 57, said during a MSNBC broadcast on April 7,” per Huffington Post. “I’m tempted to quote the great Leonard Cohen, ‘I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons.’”
“And they are beautiful pictures,” Brian continued to say, “Of fearsome armaments making, what is for them, a brief flight over to this airfield.” Brian’s guest, terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance, 55, was quick to remind Brian that he was gushing over the “beauty in the destruction of other men and individuals and machines.” He wasn’t the only one smacking down Brian’s on-air love letter.
No one was really happy with Brian going gaga over the 50 tomahawk missiles the U.S. launched towards a Syrian military airfield in response to Bashar al-Assad, 51, allegedly using chemical weapons on the people of Idlib. The condemnation over Brian’s glorifying war was swift, with many people comparing his cheerleading to the iconic closing moments of Dr. Strangelove.
Others also brought up Brian’s lying past (as he was suspended from NBC for six months in 2015 for “misremembering” a 2003 Iraq war mission.) Other people were just pissed off that Brian misused a Leonard Cohen lyric.
What is *wrong* with you, Brian Williams? (Calls missile strike in Syria "beautiful," quotes Leonard Cohen.) https://t.co/FCBoWEZkxs
— Alex Mar (@_alex_mar) April 7, 2017
Wtf? Brian Williams is waxing poetic about the beautiful photographs of missiles launching from ships. Why do they pay him? #msnbc
— Christina Jacqueline (@cjjohns1951) April 7, 2017
Brian Williams just now:
"Wow, the beauty of our military weapons. What a sight."@MalcolmNance "Not beautiful for the victims, Brian."
— McBlondeLand (@McBlondeLand) April 7, 2017
@InternetHippo Maybe Brian Williams can actually get shot at in a helicopter this time if he wants a real beautiful experience.
— Theron Schultz (@boisdevache) April 7, 2017
@MSNBC I'm horrified and disgusted by the statements Brian Williams made about the "beautiful" air strike. Please get rid of him. Again.
— STFU, Parents (@STFUParents) April 7, 2017
Brian Williams misinterpreting a Leonard Cohen lyric in an attempt to glorify war is hysterical in that I both laughed and lost my mind.
— Brand Manager (@MadeOfSpiders) April 7, 2017
you guys brian williams knows those missiles were beautiful because he was there pic.twitter.com/CiK853vzAM
— DC Perry (@dcperry) April 7, 2017
BRIAN WILLIAMS: I need a war
TRUMP: Here's an airstrike
WILLIAMS: Mm those missiles on the ship look beautiful… I was just there
— ishmael n. daro 🍳 (@iD4RO) April 7, 2017
that brian williams video is gross. who thinks war is beautiful?
— marvellino (@lmfaovel) April 7, 2017
If Brian Williams thinks missiles are beautiful, just wait until he sees a giant, blooming mushroom cloud.
— Warren Holstein (@WarrenHolstein) April 7, 2017
fuck that goy asshole brian williams for desecrating leonard cohen like that
— Hugh Dumpass (@mayo_manlet) April 7, 2017
@SuicidePass A lesser known quote from Leonard Cohen: "Brian Williams is a goddamned idiot."
— x-BrownGirlintheRink (@Fffeisty) April 7, 2017
"Brian Williams", it takes a special kind of idiot to take a Cohen line literally. Going to call @realDonaldTrump "the baffled king" next?
— Johannes Labusch (@johanneslabusch) April 7, 2017
Brian may want to double-check himself before he starts dropping lyrics again. The song the disgraced newscaster quoted was “First We Take Manhattan,” one of Leonard Cohen’s best-known tracks. Leonard, who passed away in 2016, called it a “terrorist song,”
“There’s something about terrorism that I’ve always admired,” Leonard said in 1988, the year of the song’s release (per The Washington Post) “The fact that there are no alibis or no compromises. That position is always very attractive. I don’t like it when it’s manifested on the physical plane — I don’t really enjoy the terrorist activities — but Psychic Terrorism.” So, not only did Brian glorify war, but he just also compared the U.S. airstrikes as a form of terrorism. Great.
What do you think about Brian’s comments, HollywoodLifers? Do you think MSNBC should take him off the air?