"'Roseanne' was not canceled because it is mean or HORRIBLE to compare a black person to n ape (though it is both of those things). It was canceled because it carries the weight of past horrors and current atrocities - because comparing a black person to an ape nods to an historically rooted yet increasingly emboldened far right movement whose chosen figurehead - Donald Trump -is the president of the United States.
Because it is our collective responsibility not to let that movement win, to fight to be a better country and right now cultural power is all we have. ...Canceling 'Roseanne' is not society regulating 'mean speech'; it is regulating our collective morality so we don't atrophy into a moral vacuum."
- Lindy West, NY Times. June 1, p. A23.
It's truly laughable to behold all the Righties now in high dudgeon and overcome by self-righteous fervor after Samantha Bee's little 48 second riff on Ivanka Trump on TBS. These goddamned hypocrites are intent on making a case for a "double standard" despite Bee delivering one scripted word (part of her team's effort) as opposed to randomly spewing racial hate in tweets like Roseanne Barr. To me, the monologues comedians use as vehicles of outrage -such as Michelle Wolf's and now Samantha Bee's- are no biggies because they are expressing vehement disdain at a totally corrupt and gangster administration that not only flouts norms, but laws, as it enriches itself while it makes fools of a backward, gullible base. Just look at the trade war the Dotard has begun. Do any of his groupies really believe it won't affect them, their lives? Look at the drastic limitations of H2B visas which are impacting businesses adversely across the country. To the point it will jeopardize economic growth, and the life quality of Dotard's base.
Getting back to Samantha Bee, she was expressing righteous anger and outrage at the Trump border policy of ripping small children from their migrant parents and separating them - then dispatching the kids to often cold, distant facilities.
Bee delivered her statement with the poster 'Migrant Kids' in the background and said:
"Tearing children away from their parents is so evil, it's the inciting incident in almost every movie we've ever cared about You know, Ivanka, that's a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your father's disgusting immigration practices, you feckless c***!"
Outrageous? Yeah, ok, maybe. But understandable in context, and as CNN's Peggy Drexler has pointed out:
"Bee is not Barr — she is not spewing random and racist, anti-Semitic, conspiracy-theory views over years on Twitter, as Barr has, and often in the service of supporting the President's policies. Nor, let's be honest, are we living in a time of particularly polite discourse. . . It's important, too, to remember that Bee is a comedian known for delivering a standup monologue which, like that of other comedians, often uses outrageous, boundary-pushing and, to some, offensive comedy to make strong points about politics. "