President Donald Trump weighed in on the Samantha Bee/Ivanka Trump kerfuffle Friday morning by calling for Bee's late-night show Full Frontal to be canceled due to Bee calling Ivanka a "feckless c--t." Trump's thinking on this is that if Roseanne got canceled due to Roseanne Barr tweeting something racist, shouldn't Bee get fired for saying something sexist?
"Why aren't they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show?" Trump tweeted. "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
There's not really a double standard, though, because what Bee and Barr did are not the same. Bee was calling out Ivanka Trump for tone-deafness and complicity in the administration's separation of children from their parents. Ivanka posted a photo with her son amid reports that the government lost track of 1,500 children. "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. He listens to you."
As for Barr, she compared a black woman to an ape.
Now, it's important to keep in mind that this campaign to get Bee fired is not motivated by actual concern for Ivanka Trump's honor. It's a counterattack by conservatives who want to take down a liberal in retaliation for losing one of their own.
the only reason for the samantha bee backlash was conservatives wanting retribution for roseanne, giving in to insincere outrage campaigns is only going to make it worse— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) May 31, 2018
Bee and TBS should have taken a page out of Michelle Wolf's book and not apologized, and Full Frontal should not be canceled. Instead, corporations need to get better at not giving into pressure from politically-motivated liars who are seeking revenge, not justice.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee airs Wednesdays at 10:30/9:30c on TBS.