Earlier today, the White House officially condemned comedian Samantha Bee for calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c*nt” and additionally demanded that TBS cancel her television show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Bee has since apologized for the joke.
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While Bee’s crude comments were certainly indefensible and sailed right into the heart of misogynist territory, an administration headed by a sexual predator who has used the exact same language for women in the past claiming the moral high ground is a stunningly hypocritical ploy, even by Trumpian standards.
Yes, Ivanka is a cowardly, pseudo-feminist, sweatshop baron helping to prop up her father’s cryptofascist regime, but it’s possible and crucial that we critique her substantively without slipping into the same kind of sexist rhetoric used by right-wingers.
Not surprisingly, Republicans are seizing onto Bee’s comments in bad faith and pointing out that Roseanne Barr’s show was canceled over her racist tweet, therefore, Bee’s should be terminated as well.
Compare ABC’s reaction to Roseanne Barr’s tweet w TBS’s non-reaction to Samantha Bee and you’ll see a double-standard in action. There’s no uprising against Bee. Why? Because she is liberal. Because the MSM protects Obama and his aides, but not Trump. The hypocrisy is sickening.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) May 31, 2018
1. Demanding apologies is generally stupid.
2. If you don't like @iamsambee's show, don't watch it.
3. The media have a serious double standard about both (1) and (2).
4. @iamsambee won't be cancelled because her fans are more deplorable than those of the show "Roseanne."
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 31, 2018
The comparison is frankly absurd. Bee’s comments were offensive, yes, but Barr’s were aggressively racist and cruel. One woman calling another woman a misogynist epithet is not on the same level as a white person referring to a black person as an “ape” as Barr did. The faux outrage from the right over Bee is just an attempt to shield Barr from the criticism she so rightly deserves.
Now, an old tweet from Barr has surfaced that further undermines the Republican narrative. In 2016 Barr said that “anyone who thinks Hillary isn’t a c*nt is a p*ssy.” She has since deleted the tweet, but unfortunately for her screenshots of the message remain. The tweet is a stark reminder of the hate and bigotry that have long been swirling around inside Barr’s heart.
While Barr’s tweet has been scrubbed from the social media platform, the response to her hateful tweet is still up.
Then, I’m a pussy. Love you always.
— Kelly Marie Carlin (@kelly_carlin) October 10, 2016
People in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks, and the people currently in the White House shouldn’t throw misogyny accusations.