Comedian Samantha Bee is in hot water for her comments about Ivanka Trump - but not everyone is that outraged
We’re just recovering from the ‘Roseanne’ furore but there’s already another scandal shaking up the worlds of American entertainment and politics.
Comedian Samantha Bee, who hosts late-night talk show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, has come under fire for calling Ivanka Trump a ‘feckless c***’. And it’s caused such an uproar that the White House has waded in, saying the remarks were “vile and vicious.”
Here’s what started the whole episode – and what people are saying about it…
Late last week, the First Daughter and official White House adviser Ivanka posted what seemed to be a rather innocuous pic of herself cuddling with her child.
But the picture has in fact angered loads of people across America who feel it’s pretty insensitive considering the current news about migrants being separated from their kids at the US-Mexico border under Trump’s harsh immigration policies.
The hashtag #Wherearethechildren has been used hundreds of thousands of times on Twitter to highlight the issue.
On her show, Bee called Ivanka out this inappropriate timing, 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 cunt!”
The reaction from the White House was swift and furious. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called Bee’s language “vile and vicious”.
“Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast,” she added.
Like Roseanne, there were even calls for her show to be cancelled.
And Bee herself eventually concluded she’d gone too far and issued an apology.
“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,” she said on Twitter.
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.— Samantha Bee (@iamsambee) May 31, 2018
But, unlike Roseanne, there was considerable support for Bee from many who feel she was right to use such harsh language when attacking her politically.
Here’s what people are saying…
PLEASE call me a cunt any time I’m complicit in massive human rights violations— Sophia Benoit (@1followernodad) May 31, 2018
That was the wrong word for Samantha Bee to have used . But mostly because ( to paraphrase the French ) Ivanka has neither the warmth nor the depth.— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) May 31, 2018
I like Samantha Bee a lot, but she is flat wrong to call Ivanka a cunt.— Sally Field (@sally_field) May 31, 2018
Cunts are powerful, beautiful, nurturing and honest.
I love little cultural differences, like how Americans are super offended by the word cunt but here in Australia we're super offended by school children being slaughtered with automatic weapons— thomas violence (@thomas_violence) June 1, 2018
Samantha Bee used the word she used because a senior White House advisor won't fight against Trump's policy of ripping small children away from their parents at the border. Please proportionalize your outrage accordingly.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) May 31, 2018
If Samantha Bee should immediately be barred from TV for on one occasion using the c-word to describe another woman, how quickly should a president be impeached for sexually assaulting 19 women, defrauding contractors for decades, taking bribes and collaborating with our enemies?— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) May 31, 2018
And some people thought the White House’s reaction was nothing more than hypocritical fake outrage – especially because Trump has been pictured in the White House with conservative singer Ted Nugent who called Hillary Clinton a ‘toxic cunt’.
So, you know, we’ll let you make up your own minds on this…