Fox News henchman Geraldo Rivera said some mad things last night on news programme The Five – namely, in response to Kendrick Lamar's performance of 'Alright' at the BET Awards on Sunday (28th June), he stated: "This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years. This is exactly the wrong message."

Rivera seemed to be reacting to lyrics of 'Alright' that show up the police in light of unlawful killings of black Americans – "We hate the po-po, wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho" – as well as the fact Kendrick was rapping atop a dilapidated cop car onstage.

So what he seems to be saying is that by speaking your mind and trying to shine a light on things, like institutionalised racism and police violence, rappers like Kendrick Lamar are actually making it worse. So the best thing to do in Rivera's eyes would be to assume a meek persona, speak up about nothing, do what you're told, and never, ever make fun of the police.

Should free speech be allowed if the free speech in question is trying to stifle free speech? Some would say that the outdated and outspoken views of old American men broadcast to millions of other Americans looking to inform their own views is a lot more damaging than hip-hop. Who knows; I mean, Rivera claimed this exact same thing back in February, apparently, and also blamed the murder of Trayvon Martin on the 17-year-old's hoodie, so Rivera has something of a track record.