President Trump has called for TV host Samantha Bee to be fired, after she called Trump’s daughter Ivanka a “feckless c**t.” Advertisers have distanced themselves from Bee as a Twitter war over the host’s words rages on.
“Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show?,” the president tweeted on Friday. “A total double standard but that’s O.K., we are Winning, and will be doing so for a long time to come!”
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
Bee, who hosts TBS’ ‘Full Frontal’, made her vulgar comments after Ivanka Trump shared an innocuous snap of herself hugging her baby son on Twitter. She had been criticized for posting the photo amid reports that the Office of Refugee Resettlement managed to lose track of 1,500 migrant children in the last three months of 2017.
“You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child,” Bee said. “But let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices you feckless c**t!”
Bee then implied that Trump should seduce her father into reforming his immigration policies.
“He listens to you! Put on something tight and low cut and tell your father to f—ing stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes,” she concluded.
Bee later apologized, admitting that she “crossed a line.” Higher-ups at her network also issued a watery apology statement.
“Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night,” the statement read. “Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.”
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
Conscious of the bottom line, Bee’s sponsors began to pull their ads from her show in the wake of the controversy. Autotrader and State Farm both suspended their sponsorship on Thursday, with Autotrader describing Bee’s language as “offensive and unacceptable.”
TBS’ response is a far cry from the response of ABC to a racially-charged tweet by sitcom star Roseanne Barr earlier this week. Barr’s sitcom, which had been a smash hit since returning to TV this year after a 22-year hiatus, was abruptly canceled on Tuesday after Barr implied that former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett looked like the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.”
In a series of tweets, Barr bashed Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, as well as liberal billionaire George Soros, all regular targets for the mouthy conservative star. Her firing immediately ignited debate over an apparent double standard, where conservatives are lambasted for offensive statements, while liberals escape punishment.
In particular, Twitter users took offense at the fact that Barr had her show pulled instantly, while MSNBC host Joy Reid got away with multiple anti-Muslim and anti-gay blog posts by claiming she was hacked – an excuse nobody believed and experts ruled out as very unlikely.
Liberals: Roseanne Barr is a vile racist bigot and she needs to be dismissed for her racist tweet.
Also liberals: Joy Ann Reid was a victim of a Russian hacking campaign and her multiple bigoted blog posts demonstrate why she should keep her job.
— Rory Yeomans (@rory_yeomans) May 29, 2018
Joy Ann Reid repeatedly and intentionally published bigoted ideas over long periods of time, lies about it, gets help covering it up, fake apologizes, and is heralded as a hero and keeps her show
Roseanne tweets something racist, immediately apologizes, and loses her show
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 29, 2018
The same debate continues on Twitter, with the same claims of a double standard alive and well.
Samantha Bee calls Ivanka Trump “a feckless c**t” apologizes and gets to stay on the air. The double standard at work compared to Roseanne Barr, who was rightly fired for her disgusting comments, is both blatant and appalling.
— Lorrie Goldstein (@sunlorrie) June 1, 2018
Roseanne deserved to get fired for her comment. Samantha Bee called Ivanka a “c*nt” on air and Keith Olbermann routinely calls the President a “motherf*cker.” Do you think either will get fired?
Maybe see why so many Americans think there’s a media double-standard for liberals?
— Akash Chougule (@AkashJC) May 31, 2018
“Feckless cu*t” is okay but “Planet of the Apes” can get you fired? If Samantha Bee were a Republican, CNN talking heads would be saying the “C” word all day long. Democrat double standards are turning America into a sh*thole country.
— James T Harris (@JamesTHarris) June 1, 2018
Other users defended the double standard, claiming that racially charged statements deserve different treatment than regular old vulgarities. And if you disagree, well that makes you a racist too.
Racial slurs are different than ad hominems. And by different, I mean worse. Roseanne wasn’t fired for being vulgar, she was fired for being racist. If Samantha Bee gets fired it’s bc ppl can’t tell the difference. (And if you can’t tell the difference… you might be a racist.)
— Brian Santa Maria (@briansantamaria) May 31, 2018
Roseanne was fired because her tweet demeaned and debased African Americans, and they made their voices heard. The verdict is still out on Samantha Bee because nobody’s yet heard from the feckless c*nts.
— Elayne Boosler (@ElayneBoosler) May 31, 2018
A small minority of Twitter users argued that everybody should just calm down and stop taking words so seriously.
I would not have fired Roseanne or Kathy Griffin. I would not fire Bill Maher or Samantha Bee. I do not reflexively demand that every person who says something offensive lose their jobs.
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) May 31, 2018
Saying that Samantha Bee shouldn’t get off scot-free does not mean she should be fired. It means that TBS should take these comments a little more seriously to make a point that calling the daughter of the POTUS a “feckless cunt” for posting a picture w/ her son is unacceptable.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) May 31, 2018
Because in a free country a business can make whatever decision it so chooses. Then consumers can decide to use the product or not.
He’s correct about the double standard, but that’s better than having the government pick and choose who should be fired for speech. pic.twitter.com/2Y7SeoIblm
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) June 1, 2018
Regardless of the outcome of this case, the fact is that despite the First Amendment guaranteeing free speech, anybody is just one bad tweet away from getting fired.