In the Wednesday issue of "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee," the host attempted to talk to US President Donald Trump about US immigration policy. It ended up plunging into a debate about what is acceptable and not acceptable to a TV personality, one that is too easily biased and that Bee should have come to.
Referring to Ivanka Trump's Inability to Make Changes Regarding her father's policy, Bee referred to the First Daughter and White House officials as "fuckless c-". To name a punch line would be to suggest to the audience to have laughed at the punctuation; instead they gasped, screamed and applauded above all else. Bee's point of view, as always, was plentiful and underlined in easy-to-understand terms. This time there was a name that exists on the verge of acceptability. Bee was already accused by Megyn Kelly, who called the film " disgusting ", and the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who asked the TBS parent company Time Warner to "demonstrate this." Such explicit Obscenities about female members of this government will not be tolerated in their network. "Bee apologized an unexpected move for a personage known to boldly portray their case, sometimes in graphic form.
It is a storm too simple to compare one of just two days before ABC Roseanne Barr fired her racist social media remarks on former Obama administration advisor Valerie Jarrett, saying that Barr's vitriol is in short supply; The grave history of dehumanizing black Americans by comparing them to subhuman primates is far more offensive than a woman using a raw slang to describe another, and Barr had a long history of truly insulting, absurd and absurd utterances in the Bees commentary as a deliberately chosen provocation in the context of a comedy Show Appeared Using Her Anger as an Advocacy Tool
Many of the Left feel some kind of deterrent given the White House's proven ability to operate on comic enemies. They have managed to use the language of the other side of the cultural war, in less than good faith, to forestall criticism. Kathy Griffin, for example, saw her career severely damaged after several members of the president's and government's family prevailed against a falsely gagged visual gag. And Michelle Wolf was the subject of intense scrutiny and much pressure from the press about Trump after she appeared to insult Sanders' appearance in a No Frills roast at the White House Correspondent Dinner.
There is an argument that makes Bee's remark brave – that she's ready to smear a schoolyard jargon against a member of Trump's family, she does what the other side does not want. In fact, she plays directly in her hands. Not that the right tended to pay attention to Bee's segments, but she gave them a good reason to dismiss them. The number of instances in which HBO's Bill Maher was summoned as an example of a "liberal" host supposedly accidentally canceled during the "Roseanne" debate by Barr fans on the right proves how powerful that is; Maher is not really liberal, but he's someone with a long line of mischievous jokes in his resume that can be written off whenever it suits. Bee has violated her case both in general and in certain cases – Ivanka Trump, who would have ignored Bee's request anyway, will now both ignore and be the subject of a debate about what's right in a context that you flatters, say on TV.
Sure, the rules about whether a woman can refer to a woman as a crude expression referring to the female anatomy are debatable and different than if a man had been involved. Had Jimmy Kimmel or Seth Meyer's Trump called this semester, it would have been a different conversation. But not only because they knew that men should not use this language over women. Unique among late-night hosts, Bee is fueled by passion and vitriol. Others break the news, they chew it and spit it on the faces of the audience. This is an approach whose utility is questionable: a show that seemed so vital during the 2016 election seems a bit like breathing in an exhaust pipe deep into the Trump era. She has to let off steam, but it's a bit poisonous to live with.
If the comedy can not unite – and does not try – it can at least enlighten or amuse. To the latter point, even Bee's audience did not seem to find the comment funny exactly; On the first page, it even dwarfed the entire point of Bee's segment. How many people know today that Bee has called Trump an ugly force that does not even know it appears in a segment on immigration policy?
The genius of Wolf's appearance at the Correspondents Dinner was ultimately why her career benefited more than harming her – that she never called anyone really ugly; Those who denigrated them looked like hair-splitters or Puritans when they could not fully explain what they found so wrong. By contrast, Bee gave ammunition to her opponents to criticize her for the rest of her career. The White House may not work in good faith. But when I make a game of attention by pulling out one of the more annoying words in the arsenal, I'm not sure Bee was. Comedy can undermine power by being sharp, shrewd, subversive or sassy – there is room for all sorts of approaches. But simply cursing and waiting for the applause, no matter how Cathar, adds nothing, except how easy it is to score against a liberal comedian. And we have already learned this lesson.