Comedian Samantha Bee In Trouble For 'Vile' Comments About Ivanka Trump
Here we go again.
The dust has yet to settle on Roseanne Barr's Twitter account as she continues firing off tweets defending her initial racist tweet that caused her show to be cancelled.
Before we're even able to exhale the White House is now calling for US network TBS to cancel Samantha Bee's show Full Frontal after she called Ivanka Trump a "feckless c**t".
Brief background: In late April a Health and Human Services official told congress that they had "lost track" of nearly 1,500 migrant children.
Last Sunday, as a former Republican Senator told CNN the children "aren't technically lost", the government just doesn't know where they are, Ivanka Trump posted this:
A lot of people thought the post was a little tone-deaf of Ivanka to be posting an image of her cuddling her son Teddy while the government shrugged off 1,500 kids.
After receiving backlash for the post Ivanka, instead of apologising, simply dismissed any criticism urging her followers to "ignore the trolls!".
In a segment covering the above which aired on Wednesday, Bee commented on the image of Ivanka saying:
"You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another, ‘Do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c**t!'"
The response was swift, with the U.S. news media calling out Bee for the comment, many deeming it vile and inappropriate.
That's when the White House itself got involved with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying in an official statement, "The language used by Samantha Bee last night is vile and vicious".
Sanders took the opportunity to call-out the "the collective silence by the left and its media allies", despite Bee's comments being criticised on CNN, NBC and discussed on most online outlets.
Finally the statement claimed Bee's "disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network".
Both Bee and the network that airs Full Frontal, TBS, have apologised with Bee tweeting she "crossed a line".
Bee's comments do cross a line, and it's one that was pre-recorded and would have been passed through several hands before making it to air. But what's more striking (and terrifying) is the White House's call to cancel the show.
There's a stark difference between ABC deciding to yank Roseanne's second season, despite it being a ratings giant, and the White House calling for a series to be cancelled.
When asked about Roseanne's racist comments about former Obama adviser Valeire Jarrett, Sanders called the tweet "inappropriate" then, like Trump did in his own tweets, pivoted to criticise ABC for hypocrisy.
"The President is pointing to the hypocrisy in the media saying the most horrible things about this President and nobody addresses it," Sanders said during a press briefing.
Much like when Michelle Wolf hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner and did her job, roasting everyone in the room, as soon as she took any digs at senior members of the Trump administration she had "crossed a line".
Wolf claimed Mitch McConnell was out "getting his neck circumcised," which barely scored a mention but as soon as she claimed Sanders "burned facts and used them to make a perfect smoky eye" she was chastised for mocking the Press Secretary's looks for days.
It's a heavy conversation to wade into when you begin to compare the instances of Barr and Bee. Is it surprising the Trump administration would shake off racism but clutch their pearls when a comedian insults one of their own? Not incredibly.
But that's where we are. This is the world we live in. People who just days ago were crying "political correctness" was silencing Barr are now demanding Bee's head on a spike.
And they've got the full backing of the White House.
Featured image: TBS.