‘Roseanne’ gets cancelled, meanwhile Samantha Bee’s profane tirade against the First Daughter is ignored.
On a Wednesday night episode of TBS’ late-night talk show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, host Samantha Bee angered conservatives with a series of vulgar insults directed at First Daughter Ivanka Trump.
The offensive remarks were made during a segment in which Bee was discussing President Trump’s initiative to separate the children of illegal immigrants from their parents. Displaying a photo Ivanka Trump had tweeted the week prior, showing the First Daughter lovingly embracing her young son, Bee barked:
“Let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c—! He listens to you! Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f—— stop it!”
While thousands of American conservatives took to television, radio, and social media platforms to speak out against Bee’s vulgar remarks and demand TBS cancel Full Frontal, the network was silent – as was the rest of the mainstream media.
The conservative backlash continued, with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calling Bee’s language “vile and vicious” and “not fit for broadcast” in a Thursday statement.
If it were any other day, the Samantha Bee saga might just seem like another instance of the entertainment industry status quo in which liberal stars are given preferential treatment for bad behavior. However, the Bee fiasco sparked a particularly fiery backlash, given the controversy involving another comedian that had occurred just one day prior, exposing how liberals and conservatives in media are held to objectively different standards.
On Tuesday afternoon, ABC officials announced that the network had cancelled the highly-rated reboot of Roseanne after the sitcom’s star, Roseanne Barr, made an insulting comment on Twitter that morning about Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Barack Obama.
“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj”, Barr tweeted in reference to Jarrett.
Channing Dungey, president of ABC, announced the cancellation of the show shortly afterwards, saying, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Fans of Barr and the show were baffled, arguing that ABC’s cancellation of Roseanne was a complete overreaction and that Barr had been unfairly singled out by the network due to her conservatism and passionate support of President Donald Trump.
The parallels between the Roseanne Barr controversy and the Samantha Bee controversy are clear, as are the double standards: Both women are comedians, both are known for using their platform to share their political views, and both have declared before that they aren’t afraid to cause offense.
So why was Roseanne cancelled so quickly by ABC, while TBS refused to reprimand Samantha Bee or cancel Full Frontal? Why don’t network executives punish liberal entertainers with the same swiftness and fervor as they do when shutting down conservatives?
Both women insulted someone from a presidential administration. But only one was punished. And it wasn’t the liberal.
While the media has a clear left-wing bias, this partiality has escalated to the point where the rules for public figures are completely different depending on one’s political affiliation. Conservatives in the industry must follow completely different ‘rules’ – an arbitrary set of standards imposed upon them by the thought-policing Marxist overlords who try to control all media the American public consumes. Meanwhile, celebrities who express Democrat, liberal, “progressive” and even outright socialist leanings are given free rein to do and say anything they want, consequence-free.
Let us not forget that ABC, the network that cancelled Roseanne, is the same network that employs anti-Christian bigot Joy Behar as a host on The View. Behar was not fired or reprimanded for her incendiary comments about Vice President Mike Pence, whose belief in God Behar called a symptom of mental illness. Americans are tired of liberal entertainers getting away with saying horrifying things about the President, his cabinet, and his family.
But this is what happens when leftists control the media.
Free expression of conservative views is stifled, and a TV host who claims to be “woke”, “progressive”, “pro-woman”, and “anti-hate” gets away with verbally abusing another woman for sharing a loving photo of herself with her son.
Bee publicly apologized on Thursday, but do her words really hold any weight?
TBS has not reprimanded her, and although several advertisers had the good sense to pull their sponsorship from the program, Full Frontal will continue to run, and Bee will continue to perform the same tasteless, anti-American “humor” that the left wing so ardently defends.
And while Barr’s tweet was an off-the-cuff, stream of consciousness ramble, Bee’s words were a scripted joke that was drafted, rehearsed, and then taped several hours in advance and viewed by a team of editors before airing. If Bee’s apology were genuine and she truly believed her comments were “inexcusable”, she could have chosen to cut them from the broadcast beforehand.
But she didn’t. Because she knew she could get away with it.
The Samantha Bee-Roseanne Barr fiasco perfectly encapsulates all that is wrong with the American mainstream media. Networks will continue to protect leftist entertainers while viciously attacking anyone to the right of Saul Alinsky.
President Trump commented on the situation Friday morning, tweeting, “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!”
President Trump is correct – we are winning. While Bee may still have a show, her “victory” is ultimately a hollow one. Every day, more Americans are waking up to the blatantly one-sided treatment of conservatives in media and are taking a stand. Our sense of skepticism has become fine-tuned, and more and more of us are able to spot biased coverage and fake news.
In the words of Roseanne Barr herself, “It’s a big culture of mind control. […] It’s really hard for artists to find their voice in the media.”
We must keep using our voices to speak up, defend our ideas, and call out the hypocrisy when we see it. It’s time to let the media establishment know: we refuse be silenced.