Roseanne lost her job after her completely inappropriate Tweet about a former Obama advisor. Will Samantha Bee lose hers for her on-air nasty name-calling of Ivanka Trump?
In case you somehow missed it, ClashDaily covered the crude Samantha Bee comments here:
President Trump weighed in on Samantha Bee’s nasty name-calling of his daughter. He’s calling for ‘no talent Samantha Bee’ to be fired from her ‘low ratings show’. He then said that there was a ‘total double standard’.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2018
Trump’s reference to a ‘double standard’ was likely a jab meant to remind Americans that conservative comedienne Roseanne Barr saw her sitcom cancelled and her agent fire her in a matter of hours after she sent a racist tweet this week.
Bee, known for concealing a raw-edged brand of comedy beneath a perky blonde exterior, called Ivanka Trump a ‘feckless c***’ during Wednesday night’s broadcast.
The comic apologized for the slur a day later, but only after sponsors began to withdraw their advertisements from her program.
Autotrader was the first to pull the plug.
Before the apology, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called Bee’s language ‘vile and vicious’ and said executives at TBS and corporate parent Time Warner should demonstrate that they woun’t tolerate explicit profanity about female members of the administration.
Source: Daily Mail
Thank you to those who reached out regarding our sponsorship of Full Frontal. The comments expressed by Samantha Bee were offensive and unacceptable and do not reflect the views of our company. As a result, we have suspended our sponsorship of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
— Autotrader (@AutoTrader_com) May 31, 2018
Then, in a statement to The Wrap, State Farm discontinued their business relationship with Full Frontal.
“We have asked TBS to suspend our advertising in the program and are reviewing any future placements. We constantly review programs to ensure alignment to our programming guidelines and brand values.”
So, she’s lost a couple of big advertisers.
Here’s the big difference between Samantha Bee’s feckless comment and Roseanne’s tweet:
Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night. Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.
— TBS Network (@TBSNetwork) May 31, 2018
And that’s the crux of it.
The network is standing by her because Samantha Bee did it on-air after it was already vetted.
Had she just privately tweeted the slur, it would’ve been different. They could fire her.
Here’s the astute take from Sean Davis of the Federalist.
The Roseanne and Samantha Bee scandals aren't comparable. Roseanne wrote something on Twitter and her show was immediately cancelled. In the case of Samantha Bee, an entire network's legal and editorial team knew exactly what Bee would say, approved it, and broadcast it.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 31, 2018
If the Turner non-reaction so far is any guide, Roseanne's big mistake was putting her comments on Twitter instead of in her show's script. The fact that a whole network reviewed, approved, promoted, and aired Bee's scripted slur is the best protection Bee could ever buy.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 31, 2018
So, what do you think?
Should Samantha Bee lose her show over this?
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