Full Frontal host Samantha Bee recently came under fire for comments she made about Ivanka Trump. Now, Bee’s former Daily Show boss, Jon Stewart, has weighed in on the whole thing, revealing what he thinks about it and giving Bee some advice.
Here’s a look at the controversy surrounding Bee’s comments and what Stewart has to say (page 7).
1. Bee had some strong words about Ivanka Trump
During the May 30th episode of Full Frontal, Samantha Bee criticized Ivanka Trump for posting a photo of herself embracing her youngest son after it was reported that the U.S. lost track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children last year.
On her show, Bee said, “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*nt. He listens to you.”
TBS did not censor Bee’s use of the C-word.
Next: Some important context
2. This came days after the cancellation of Roseanne
A crucial bit of context is the fact that Bee’s episode came one day after ABC canceled Roseanne. That happened on May 29th, with the network deciding to pull the plug on their highest-rated show because Barr sent out a shocking and racist tweet comparing a black former Obama Administration official to an ape.
“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” she wrote, referring to Valerie Jarrett.
Next: The reaction to Bee’s tweet
3. Conservatives called for Bee to be fired
Had Bee’s comments come during a different week, they may not have set off such a firestorm. But with the Roseanne context, many on the right pointed to this as a double standard; they wondered why it was okay for Bee to make shocking comments but not Barr.
So many began to call for Bee to be fired, including the president himself. Trump tweeted, “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!”
Next: How Bee responded
4. Bee issued an apology for her comment
Most people expected Bee to stick to her guns. So they were surprised when she actually issued an official apology for her comments.
In a statement, Bee said, “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.”
Some on the left expressed their disappointment with this, arguing that Bee should not have apologized.
Next: Wasted time
5. Not worthy of our time?
After making a second apology, Bee went on to strike out at the outrage around the issue. She outlined that, if anything, she’s most upset that her comments have taken attention away from the real issues.
Bee said, “I hate that this distracted from more important issues. I hate that I did something to contribute to the nightmare of 24-hour news cycles that we’re all white-knuckling through. I should have known that a potty-mouthed insult would be inherently more interesting to them than juvenile immigration policy.”
Next: Professional backup
6. Comedienne backup
Michelle Wolf came to Samantha Bee’s defense. She agrees with Bee, going so far as to say, “I mean, Ivanka is part of the Trump administration. She’s fair game. And she is useless. So I think it’s very fair to point out that she’s doing a terrible job.” Wolf goes on to say that most probably aren’t aware of the context surrounding Bee’s comment.
Next: Jon Stewart weighs in.
7. Jon Stewart says this is ‘phony outrage’
According to The Daily Beast, at a recent comedy festival, Bee’s former Daily Show boss Jon Stewart weighed in on this controversy. First, Stewart suggested that a lot of this outrage was completely phony, and conservatives weren’t actually offended like they claimed to be.
In particular, he called out Trump, saying it’s hypocritical of the president to suddenly be so sensitive to crude words. “They don’t give a sh*t about the word ‘c*nt,’” Stewart said, referring to the Trump White House. “That is probably — [Trump] says that instead of ‘please,’ I’m guessing.”
Next: How Stewart feels about Bee’s apology
8. Stewart suggests Bee should not have apologized
During this same event, Stewart also suggested that Bee should never have apologized for what she said.
“Please understand that a lot of what the right does, and it’s maybe their greatest genius, is they’ve created a code of conduct that they police, that they themselves don’t have to, in any way, abide,” Stewart said.
Next: Stewart expands on this and offers some advice
9. Stewart shares this piece of advice
Finally, Stewart shared a piece of advice for liberals like Bee who are called out by conservatives. “Don’t get caught in a trap of thinking you can live up to a code of integrity that will be enough for the propagandist right,” he said. “There isn’t. And so, create your own moral code to live by, but don’t be fooled into trying to make concessions that you think will mollify them.”
Drawing a comparison from his time at The Daily Show, Stewart said that conservatives described him as being a tool of the Obama White House because he met with Obama a few times, but they had no problem with Trump strategizing with the head of Fox News.
Stewart added that there’s nothing one can to do to “make them give up this ‘We’re the real victims’ game.”
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Additional reporting by John Wolfe.