Samantha Bee, host of TBS’ popular late night show Full Frontal, has recently come under fire.
Last week on her show, Bee urged Ivanka Trump to influence her father to desist from his vile and vicious immigration policies and was momentarily overcome with passion.
“Let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c*nt,” she said. “He listens to you. Put on something tight and low cut and tell him to f******* stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, OK?”
Well said, except that describing anyone using the “C” word is wrong. That word is an ugly word that has hurt many women. We will not advocate or defend its use.
But the apology Bee gave last night suggested to us that she gets it. Quartz referred to it as the perfect apology, and we are in total agreement.
In her first show back Wednesday night, she addressed the situation directly, appearing on screen to speak directly to viewers before even the theme song had played.
“You know, a lot of people were offended and angry that I used an epithet to describe the president’s daughter and adviser last week,” Bee began. Noting that it is a word she had “used on the show many times, hoping to reclaim it,” she said that this time she used it “as an insult.”
“I crossed a line and I do apologize for that,” she continued. “The problem is that many women have heard that word at the worst moments of their lives. A lot of women don’t want that word reclaimed, they want it gone and I don’t blame them.”
As a quick background, Bee was ranting about the current crisis of migrant children going missing near the southern border of the U.S.
There are currently 1,500 children the U.S. government placed with sponsors that they now can’t locate, and while Bee was explaining this, she pivoted to Trump, who shared this photo of her enjoying Sunday morning with her own son while people on social media were raising awareness about the situation.
In conclusion, it is our opinion that Samantha Bee was far from wrong. Ivanka Trump is as feckless as can be. She just should have left out the “C” word. Her apology was perfect because it made that point vehemently.
Quartz Magazine referred to Ivanka’s tweet as “A socially tone-deaf moment”. That is the understatement of the year.