Well, that didn’t take long. Just one day after apologizing for launching a filthy, sexist slur at the President’s daughter, Ivanka – with the kind of heartfelt statement that reeked of being composed by a network committee and signed with an Autopen - TBS’ Samantha Bee was accepting an award from the Television Academy for promoting “social change” related to women’s issues (!) And behind closed doors (the press was conveniently barred from the ceremony), Bee reportedly defended her show in a way that made it pretty clear the apology was just insincere lip service. But unlike Roseanne Barr, she hates Trump, so patently insincere lip service is sufficient to keep her from losing her show.
Meanwhile, female celebrities such as Sally Field and Minnie Driver took to Twitter, trying to come up with rationalizations for why it’s okay to use the “C-word” to attack certain women. As some conservative commentators noted, after eight months of the MeToo movement, prominent Hollywood women are now suggesting that if you don’t agree with a woman’s politics, it’s okay to denigrate her and reduce her to an obscene sexist slur because she “has it coming.” I wonder if Harvey Weinstein's lawyer will use that as part of his defense.
Of course, there was also the claim that Donald Trump is to blame for Bee’s outburst because he's personally “lowered the tone of public discourse.” I had no idea he had so much control over the culture back in 2008, when “Chimpy McBushHitler,” as I believe they called him, was President, and Democrats were wearing T-shirts calling Sarah Palin the exact same sexist slur Ms Bee used against Ivanka.
And before we leave this latest example of double standards, there’s one more twist worthy of mention. Over the weekend, I interviewed rising conservative star Ben Shapiro on my TBN TV show. Like me, he agreed that Roseanne should have lost her show over her racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett. But he pointed out (and even her friend Bill Maher made the same observation) that Roseanne is admittedly mentally ill. She’s discussed having multiple personality disorder (seven at last count), and once accused her parents of incest and then later reeled that back, revealing she’d been on psychiatric drugs at the time.
That’s no excuse for the tweet, but she did sincerely apologize for making a dumb mistake on Twitter when she was alone at 2 a.m., while Bee insincerely apologized for launching an attack on national TV that had to have been vetted by dozens of network staffers. Yet Roseanne is immediately fired and becomes a non-person while Bee keeps her show and gets an award for advancing the cause of women.
I guess the obvious question for Hollywood liberals is this: Why do you hate mentally ill people?