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Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert show the pitfalls of using offensive language to attack the Trump presidency
A year ago, Colbert ran into controversy when he called Trump a "c*ckholster." This week, Bee labeled Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt." "Beyond the moral ickiness of getting in the mud with the trolls, when Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee use offensive language, they begin to betray their own cause," says Meghan O'Keefe. "When they deliver a monologue excoriating President Trump, their aim is to mock the President. They can do so with their command of wit, satire, and general creativity. When they go for the lazy reward found in punctuating a joke with a word so bad that standards & practices has to bleep it out, well, then they are becoming like Trump. They’re no better than the crass Commander-in-Chief that they so clearly despise. Moreover, it’s just dumb to lean on profanity to make a case, especially when the powers that be are so good at harnessing that kind of language to fire up their followers."
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Why Roseanne Barr was fired and Samantha Bee was not: TBS bears some responsibility for C-word airing
Roseanne's Twitter account -- which ABC knew was problematic as far back as last August -- contains her own tweets. Bee's Full Frontal show is pre-taped. "Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it," TBS said in a statement yesterday. As James Hibberd notes, "it’s hard for a network to fire a host when it’s partly responsible for what the host said." He also points out that ABC is a family-friendly broadcast network, while Bee's show airs on a basic cable channel that allows for limited profanity. Finally, what Barr tweeted and what Bee said are different. "Obviously, most people wouldn’t consider racist slurs and a profane word anywhere close to the same ballpark of offensive — coming across as a cruel vulgarian is often survivable (Trump himself is known for his unpresidential use of profanity)," says Hibberd. ALSO: Megyn Kelly calls out White House hypocrisy on Bee.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 9:43AM EDT
President Trump asks: Why hasn't "no talent" Samantha Bee been fired for her "horrible language"?
The Full Frontal host attracted the wrath of the president's Twitter account this morning in response to Bee calling his daughter Ivanka the C-word. "Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show?" he tweeted. Apparently referring to ABC's firing of Roseanne Barr over her racist tweet, Trump added: "A total double standard but that’s O.K., we are Winning, and will be doing so for a long time to come!" Trump's comment came the day after his press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders referred to Bee's comments on Bee's Wednesday show as "vile and vicious," urging TBS to take disciplinary action.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 9:43AM EDT
Samantha Bee said last night while being honored by the Television Academy: "Our piece attracted controversy of the worst kind"
The Full Frontal host skipped the red carpet last night in Hollywood as her show was one of several being honored by the TV Academy for advancing social change. “You know, the thing is our show is steeped in passion,” Bee said. “Every week I strive to show the world as I see it, unfiltered. Sometimes I should probably have a filter. I accept that. I take it seriously when I get it right and I do take responsibility when I get it wrong.” She added: "We spent the day wrestling with the repercussions of one bad word, when we all should have spent the day incensed that as a nation we are wrenching children from their parents and treating people legally seeking asylum as criminals. If we are OK with that then really, who are we?" ALSO: Bee can't afford to lose any more sponsors -- her ratings are down 34% in the 18-49 demo and 47% in the 18-34 demo.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 9:43AM EDT
Samantha Bee should've known that the C-word is a "political comedy A-bomb"
"Bee isn’t new to this," Erin Gloria Ryan says of the Full Frontal host. "She should have known that 'c*nt' is a political comedy A-bomb, that performative pearl-clutching over the word would eclipse the larger point she was trying to make (about immigration). Which is a shame, because she was making a worthwhile point." Ryan adds: "Bee should have known better. Everybody who can’t resist the cheap shot should know better. When Jimmy Kimmel took a (cheap) shot at Melania Trump’s accent and made a mildly homophobic joke about Sean Hannity’s relationship with Donald Trump, Hannity was able to swoop in and play moral. Kimmel apologized, and the salient point that Kimmel was originally trying to make about Hannity—that he was so deferential to President Trump that he functioned like a media organ of the executive branch—was lost." ALSO: Why Bee's transgression is not nearly as egregious, offensive, or cruel as what Roseanne Barr did.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Samantha Bee's "C-bomb" was self-defeating: She ended up drowning the point she was trying to make
Bee's Full Frontal segment on immigration in which she called Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt" "ended up drawing attention away from the subject and not toward it," says Sam Adams. Bee, he says, "shouldn’t have used the word in the first place—not because it’s inappropriate for her to use the word to describe another woman, or because there’s no excuse for using language equal in its harshness to the degree of her outrage, but because it was destined to obliterate whatever point she was trying to make and give rise to the kinds of false equivalencies that have been blooming like mold across conservative Twitter all day. Having failed in their hilariously misjudged bid to exchange Roseanne Barr’s scalp for Bill Maher’s—yes, Bill Maher, that beloved lion of liberalism, whatever you do, please don’t take him away!—people who didn’t care about Trump 'grabbing women by the p*ssy' are suddenly furious about his daughter being called one."
- Television Academy blocks media from tonight's ceremony honoring Bee's Full Frontal for social justice work
- Two advertisers, Autotrader and State Farm, suspend their Full Frontal advertising
- Bee played into the hands of President Trump and his supporters: "There’s an argument that this makes Bee’s comment sort of brave — that in being willing to dish schoolyard slang against a member of President Trump’s family, she’s doing what the other side doesn’t want her to." says Daniel D'Addario. "In fact, she’s playing right into their hands. Not that the right was terribly inclined to pay attention to Bee’s segments going forward, but she’s provided them a sound-bite-sized reason to dismiss her going forward."
- Stop comparing Samantha Bee's C-word and Roseanne Barr's racist tweet!: Bee's use of the C-word was for a decision Ivanka made, while Roseanne's tweet targeted Valerie Jarrett's race, which she's born with
- Bee is a comedian, and comedians say offensive things -- but she didn't say something racist
- Insincere outrage or double standard?: Twitter was divided over "Samantha BeeGate"
- Sally Field comes to Bee's defense, tweeting "C*nts are powerful, beautiful, nurturing and honest"
- Full Frontal executive producer Miles Kahn brushes off the C-word firestorm
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 1:46PM EDT
White House blasts Samantha Bee for "vile and vicious" Ivanka Trump slur, demands TBS take action
The Full Frontal host is under fire for calling Ivanka Trump the C-word on last night's show. “Let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices you feckless c*nt!” Bee said, prompting a response today from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “The language used by Samantha Bee last night is vile and vicious," Sanders said in a statement. "The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling. Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network.” Bee's slur was also called out by Megyn Kelly, who tweeted that "this is disgusting. How is this acceptable? And how are we expected to take any of these publications seriously if they gleefully repost something like this at the same time they (rightfully) condemn @therealroseanne?" Meanwhile, Bee was condemned on TBS' sister network CNN, where Poppy Harlow called it "way over the line...it's never okay to say something like that about someone."
UPDATE: Samantha Bee tweets an apology as TBS pulls video of the segment: "I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it." TBS responded with its own statement: “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.”
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 12:18PM EDT
TBS boss: "I never even got the chance" last week to save Brooklyn Nine-Nine
TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly was in charge at Fox in 2013 when he originally picked up Brooklyn Nine-Nine to series. But despite talk of TBS as a potential landing spot for the show after its Fox cancelation, Reilly says, “I never even got the chance” to make a bid.
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 12:18PM EDT
Samantha Bee unveils midterm elections app
The Full Frontal host plans on "gamifying" the 2018 midterm election with the non-partisan This is Not a Game: The Game gaming/voting app. Bee describes the app as "a heart-pounding, prize-stuffed turducken of a trivia game in which average citizens play to the death OR win kick-ass prizes, not sure which. We’re waiting to hear back from our lawyers.”
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 7:56PM EDT
Hulu and Netflix pass on saving Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and TBS is considered a "longshot"
According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter both Hulu and Netflix have passed on reviving the canceled Fox series. Hulu was considered the most likely savior for the canceled Fox comedy since the streaming service already aires the comedy's reruns. Variety reports: "Hulu and Universal Television had been in talks to continue the show after the conclusion of the fifth season, much like they did for The Mindy Project.” There had also been rumors that TBS or Netflix could continue the show as well, but Netflix has passed and TBS is a longshot, sources say."
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 1:50PM EDT
TBS renews The Detour for Season 4
The Jason Jones-starring, Samantha Bee-produced family road trip comedy has been averaging one million viewers per episode.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 9:27AM EDT
Hulu is the most likely landing spot for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but don't count out NBC
According to Michael Schneider, Hulu is the No. 1 potential savior, followed by NBC, TBS and Netflix in that order. NBC, he says, is intriguing because "Universal TV owns Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and if it’s worth making more seasons for that Hulu backend cash, then perhaps there’s room on the Peacock’s schedule. The show would fit nice with (Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Michael) Schur’s other series on NBC, The Good Place and new comedy Abby’s, and its tone is right in place with workplace comedy Superstore. And with no Thursday Night Football next year, NBC has a bit more room on its shelf."
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Brooklyn Nine-Nine was a comedy gift that woudn't have survived as long in another TV era
"I’m going to miss the series, which over its run probably gave me more pure pleasure than anything else airing concurrently anywhere on the dial," says Alyssa Rosenberg. "And I’m so grateful that we got as many episodes of it as we did." She points out that Brooklyn Nine-Nine wouldn't have made it to 112 episodes with its low ratings in another television era. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, she says, "was a model for what pop culture can do when it is committed to showcasing a wider range of characters and their stories." It was diverse in a unique way. There were two black cops, instead of one. Two Latina cops, instead of one. Two non-straight cops, instead of one. "None of those characters ever had to carry the weight of representing those entire communities," says Rosenberg. She adds: "While Brooklyn Nine-Nine was a comedy about cops, it approached the actual work of policing with seriousness and moral rigor. It was a task that might have doomed a lesser show, especially one that aired during a period when police killings of unarmed black Americans spurred a national movement. Brooklyn Nine-Nine tried to model what good policing could look like at a time when even that act of idealism sometimes seemed like a farce ... Brooklyn Nine-Nine was never solely an issue show, but its commitment to approaching policing from an ethical place was fundamental to its sense of decency, a quality which was itself fundamental to the series."
- Could Brooklyn Nine-Nine find a new home? Hulu is the most likely destination, followed by TBS (whose president developed the show)
- NBC and Netflix could also potentially revive Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- The Internet is losing its mind over the Brooklyn Nine-Nine cancellation
- Why the Internet freakout for a show averaging fewer than 2 million viewers?
- Is Tim Allen to blame? Fox's comedy bloodbath comes amid talk of a Last Man Standing revival
- Seth Meyers calls the cancelations of his former SNL colleagues' shows a "double gut punch"
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor tweets: "#brooklyn99 fans are the best fans in the world"
- Melissa Fumero: "These last 5 years have been incredible"
- Stephanie Beatriz: "What a gift this series has been: it’s been my honor. Your sadness is noted"
- Joe Lo Truglio: "I’m so very lucky, so deeply thankful to have been part of a show that has brought so much joy to so many"
- Lin-Manuel Miranda wants fans to fight for the show: "I ONLY WATCH LIKE 4 THINGS ... THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS"
- Mark Hamill: "Be forewarned @FOXTV-when networks dump shows I love, I'm known for holding grudges a long, L-O-N-G time"
- Backstreet Boys: "Thanks for the memories, #Brooklyn99"
- Sean Astin: "They earned the right 2 have a final season victory lap where I could emotionally prepare"
- Guillermo del Toro: "The world is better with this show in it. I love these characters and the healing good energy B99 brings"
# TOPICS: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, FOX, Hulu, TBS, Dan Goor, Guillermo del Toro, Joe Lo Truglio, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Hamill, Melissa Fumero, Sean Astin, Seth Meyers, Stephanie Beatriz, Tim Allen, Cancellations, Renewals & Pickups
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 10:52PM EDT
Samantha Bee says "F*ck you" to disgraced New York Attorney General she once hailed as a "hero"
"You are trash and we do not need you," Bee said of Eric Schneiderman on Wednesday's Full Frontal. The show created a special "F**k you Eric Schneiderman" double middle-finger gif in response to Monday's New Yorker revelation that the former New York attorney general allegedly physically and sexually abused four women, prompting his immediate resignation. Schneiderman was a guest on Full Frontal just six months ago, with Bee hailing him as "a hero who stood up to democracy's nemesis." On Wednesday night, Bee formally reacted to the Schneiderman scandal, saying: "Now, Schneiderman was a guest on my show, so this is a little complicated for me to talk about. Just kidding, it's not complicated: F*ck you Eric Schneiderman! ... The good legal work that you did does not absolve you. It will not give me not one second's pause to tear you a new asshole on live television. I give zero f*cks."
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 1:23PM EDT
Samantha Bee's Full Frontal apologizes for praising disgraced NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Approximately six months ago, Samantha Bee's TBS show showered praise on Schneiderman, even going so far as to create fake "Schneider-Man" comic books in his honor. But in wake of the New York attorney general resigning following a New Yorker story in which four women accuse him of sexual abuse, Bee wants Schneiderman to "take this the f*ck down," referring to Schneiderman's tweets from three days ago revisiting the fake comic books. Full Frontal also changed the title of its YouTube video of Bee interviewing Schneiderman to "Former AG Tricks Sam Into Thinking He Was Decent." In the YouTube video's caption, the Full Frontal team wrote: "We taped this segment before the allegations against Eric Schneiderman came to light, and we sincerely apologize for characterizing him as a hero when, to so many women, he was the vilest villain. We're keeping this piece online in the interest of integrity. We encourage you to make a donation to an anti-domestic violence organization like The Battered Women's Justice Project: http://www.bwjp.org/ Also, if you're a f*cking disgrace, please consider not coming on our show." The Full Frontal Twitter also tweeted "we'll be discussing this on Wednesday." This isn't the first time Full Frontal has apologized for its Schneiderman segment. The TBS show issued a lengthy apology last fall for mixing DC Comics and Marvel references in the Schneiderman segment.