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Samantha Bee Calls Ivanka Trump the C-Word, Then Apologizes Like a Coward

If you were watching Full Frontal with Samantha Bee last night, you and I have very different ideas of what constitutes funny. Sam Bee is one of those cheer-medians like Hari Kondabolu or Dennis Miller who aren’t so much telling jokes as they are making political points that their audience agrees with to get applause rather than laughs. It’s a far cry from political comics like Lewis Black or Bill Hicks who made points while also being actually funny. But aside from that, you also heard Sam Bee call Ivanka Trump a “feckless cunt”.

Bee’s exact quote, “Do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless cunt, he listens to you,” was in reference to Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families, along with news that roughly 1,500 children had been lost by ICE in 2017 after being placed into the foster care system.

Of course, conservatives mad that Roseanne Barr was fired had the perfect “whatabout” topic, as if calling a rich white woman a cunt is in any way comparable to calling to a black woman an ape. I don’t have time to explain to you why a long history of comparing African-Americans to monkeys and apes does, in fact, make a difference, so before you leave a comment saying how it’s not a big deal, it is and I don’t care if you disagree.

Of course, Sam Bee, being Sam Bee, apologized.

You’re not going to catch the hosts of Chapo Trap House apologizing for the things they say. The thing is, this wasn’t an extemporaneous remark by Sam Bee. She and her staff sat in the writers room, listened to pitches, wrote that sentence down, read it over, rehearsed it, she read it off of cue cards in front of a camera and the in-studio crowd and crew cheered when she said it. If you’re going to do that and not stand by it, then what the hell is the point of even listening to you in the first place?

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave a comment on the matter, which was reported by Deadline.

“The language used by Samantha Bee last night is vile and vicious. The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

“Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network.”

You know what I find offensive? The White House telling television programs what they can and can’t say. Donald Trump has been launching a full-scale attack on the First Amendment since he became president because he’s a thin-skinned dick with a face and a comb-over that look like a baboon’s ass. I’m much more worried about that than I am about some shitty comic calling some cunt a cunt.

Later in the day, Chelsea Clinton also wanted to get in on the “If we defend Ivanka Trump’s honor, maybe the right-wingers complaining will like us” train with Bee. Here’s a hint: they won’t.

You know what, Chelsea, Ivanka is a cunt and so are you. Why the fuck is anyone listening to these two in the first place? What have either of them accomplished other than having famous parents who gave them jobs? If Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump had been born in obscurity, they’d be Michael Rotondo.

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It indicates a morbidly dumbed-down, obstinately adolescent pop-culture when crudely gratuitous, patently self-vaunting and stupefyingly unwitty belching of filth is met with hysterical ovation from a sycophantic crowd desperate to bask in the glow of The Cool One on stage. It requires precisely no courage–let’s call it a Vacuum of Courage and a Profile in Pandering–when putatuve “speaking truth to power” is preplanned as the Big Laugh of the Night and a sure-fire ratings winner.

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