I went back and watched the segment again. What struck me was that Bill O'Reilly was out to get him, not interview him. Bill was trying to use him as a foil or perhaps fodder for his Children at Risk Segment where he wanted to talk about the corrosive effect of popular music on children. He introduces MM as someone who does strange and disturbing things, called his actions bizarre four times, tries to attack his physical appearance, his use of profanity, promotion of satanism, use of sexual imagery, and lyrics. Questions his actions as being a publicity stunt, and him being an exhibinist. Implies that people like MM are responsible for acts such as Columbine and suicides. Bill's tone, leading, accusing questions and body language is one of an attacker. What you notice is MM is not defensive, he thoughtfully responds to the accusations, he remains composed, he is comfortable in his own skin. He disagrees with O'Reilly without becoming disagreeable. MM has no problem owning what he is responsible and not owning stuff that is not his. Bill needs sparks to fly for ratings, but when he baits MM, he doesn't take the bait. What Bill wants is for MM to say F You and walk off the set, or act like the MM in the music in response to the questions. He doesn't get it, he gets calm, composed, thoughtful sometimes funny responses.Its hard to argue against being yourself, or not being ashamed to be yourself.
MM ends the interview by politely saying I respect you for challenging me, which is why I came on the show.
I recently saw an interview with James Lipton by Charles Rose and he made the observation that to be a good actor, to play another person, you first needed to be in touch with yourself. They brought up Mitt Romney's problem with connecting. And James Lipton said Romney's problem was that not only was Romney not himself, he wasn't anyone, he was a mashup of people. I think Romney would do well by watching and learning from this video. The worse thing people can accuse Mitt of is being an out of touch rich, boring, white guy versus a bizarre and disturbing transgender person corrupting the youth. If Mitt has a hard time owning his religion of Mormon, imagine trying to deal with being accused of being a satanist.