After previously apologizing unequivocally in a written statement for using the “C” word to describe Ivanka Trump, comedian Samantha Bee on her show Wednesday issued a new apology that contains all kinds of caveats, including criticism of the press and of those who seek more civility in public discourse.
She said she has been trying to “reclaim” the word she used and also suggested Ivanka Trump wasn’t nice.
“I’m really sorry that I said that word, but you know what? Civility is just nice words. Maybe we should all worry a little bit more about the niceness of our actions,” she said, referring to the policy of separating illegal immigrants’ children from parents who are incarcerated, which is what provoked her attack on Ivanka Trump.
I agree with those who say that what Samantha Bee said was not quite as bad as what Roseanne said, which was clearly racist. But it’s close.
The “C” word is nearly as egregious as the “N” word, except it’s for women. It is misogynist, even if uttered by a woman. There wasn’t even comedic license being taken by Bee. The context in which she used it was political. So you call you political opponents a “C.” That’s the new level of discourse.
If I used that word in public around most of the bosses I’ve had, I don’t thing I would have lasted very long. Would you have?
Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show? A total double standard but that’s O.K., we are Winning, and will be doing so for a long time to come!
Okay, here’s a moment of serious journalistic integrity.
John King of CNN, which like TBS – which runs Samantha Bee’s show – is owned by Turner Broadcasting, called on the company to apologize to Ivanka Trump for Bee’s use of the “C” word to describe her.
“Apologize. Apologize.” King said to Bee after describing Bee’s comment as “vile” and “reprehensible.” Then King added: “And the company, forgive me, I work here, but the company should say something too.”
Maybe they were watching, because after half a day of nothing, both Turner Broadcasting and Bee soon apologized.
John King is an excellent journalist who, as far as I can tell, continues to adhere to the old rule that you should at least strive to be objective. Unfortunately, he is surrounded by others who appear on TV and write for major newspapers who have no idea what that’s all about.
They are what used to be known as “hacks” and are now known as “journalists.”
King’s call, out of principle, for his own company to apologize is an act of courage you don’t often see in a town far more notable for weasely climbers and sycophants.
The comment comes at the very end of the segment below, at the 4:30 mark.
“I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it,” Bee subsequently said in a statement.
“Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night,” Turner Broadcasting wrote. “Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.”
Those are pretty good apologies. Not the typical, “If anyone was offended . . . ” pseudo-regrets. Of course, the show should be canceled for such vileness, but society apparently has “evolved” to the point where these things are permitted.
Here’s what Bee had said:
“Ivanka Trump, who works at the White House, chose to post the second most oblivious tweet we’ve seen this week,” Bee said, saying Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett was the first.
“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***!”
She added that President Trump listens to Ivanka and that she should, “Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f***ing stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, OK?”