- President Donald Trump on Friday called out what he saw as a double standard between the treatment of Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee.
- He asked why TBS hadn’t fired Bee as “Full Frontal” host after she called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c—.”
- ABC pulled Barr’s show, “Roseanne,” after Barr tweeted a racist insult about an Obama administration official.
- The comments from Bee and Barr differ greatly, as do their respective shows and networks, so it’s unclear whether they can be usefully judged on the same standards.
President Donald Trump called out what he saw as a double standard on Friday morning, asking why TBS hadn’t fired the “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee for calling his daughter Ivanka Trump a “feckless c—.”
“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!”
Bee used the derogatory remark against Trump’s daughter and adviser during Wednesday night’s show because of what Bee described as her failure to protect immigrant children. A policy of Trump’s administration has been to separate families that cross the border illegally, sparking outrage from critics.
“The language used by Samantha Bee last night is vile and vicious,” the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement. “The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling.”
Bee apologized for the remark on Thursday, saying she “crossed a line” and “deeply” regretted the comment, but by then she already had begun to lose advertisers.
The automotive classifieds website Autotrader and the insurance giant State Farm announced they were pulling their ads from her show.
Trump’s assertion that Bee’s show has low ratings is solid. From The Wrap:
“Year-to-date, Bee’s Nielsen ratings are down 34 percent among adults ages 18-49, which is the demographic most-coveted by primetime advertisers. Isolating just millennials, a label assigned to adults ages 18-34, she’s shed a whopping 47 percent – or nearly half – of her 2017 viewership.
“In terms of total viewers, ‘Full Frontal’ is down 29 percent year over year.”
A double standard?
In evoking the double standard, Trump was surely referring to Roseanne Barr’s firing this week by ABC, which canceled her show, “Roseanne,” after she tweeted a racist insult about the former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett.
The comments from Bee and Barr differ greatly, as do their respective shows and networks, so it’s unclear whether they could be usefully judged on the same standards.
While Bee used one of most offensive words in American English to attack Ivanka Trump, Barr mocked the appearance of a woman of color, likening Jarrett, an African-American born in Iran, to an ape and stereotyping her as being somehow linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization to which she has no affiliation.
Trump has also attacked ABC over its reporting on his campaign and has demanded an apology from Bob Iger, the CEO of the network’s owner, Disney.