Samantha Bee’s Non-Apology Show [VIDEO]

Samantha Bee’s Non-Apology Show [VIDEO]

Samantha Bee’s Non-Apology Show [VIDEO]

Samantha Bee went back on her show last night, in her network-ordered apology tour. “Sorry not sorry” seems to be her new theme.

You be the judge.

“Hi, I’m Samantha Bee. You know, a lot of people were offended and angry that I used an epithet to describe the president’s daughter last week. It is a word I have used on the show many times trying to reclaim it. This time I used it as an insult. I crossed the line. I regret it and I do apologize for that. The problem is that many women have been called that at the worst time in their lives. A lot of them don’t want that word reclaimed. They want it gone. I don’t want to inflict more pain on them. I want this show to be challenging and I want it to be honest but I never intended it to hurt anyone. Except Ted Cruz.

Many men were also offended by my use of the word. I do not care about that. I hate that this distracted from more important issues. I hate that I did something to contribute to the nightmare of 24-hour news cycles that we’re all white-knuckling through. I should have known that a potty-mouthed insult would be inherently more interesting to them than juvenile immigration policy. I would do anything to help those kids. I hate that this distracted from them and so to them, I am also sorry.

And look if you are worried about the death of civility, don’t sweat it. I’m a comedian people who hone their voices in basement bars while yelling back at drunk hecklers are definitely not paragons of civility. I am really sorry that I said that word, but you know what? Civility is just nice words. Maybe we should all worry a little bit more about the niceness of our actions.”

Given her attempts at apology early on, I’m pretty sure that this was a crowdsourced apology that was just as scripted as the original vulgarity.

Let’s just say that many were not exactly on board with the apology.

A few notes on this “apology” bit…
1) I don’t understand the fascination with Ted Cruz. I checked Ted Cruz’s Twitter feed and did a quick online search. Apparently, he made no comment about Bee’s on-air vulgarity. I guess someone lives rent-free in Sam’s head.

2) Note to Samantha Bee’s audience – she does apparently not care about what her male fans think. So much for being “woke,” guys.

3) “Reclaim” the word c**t. Suuuuuuuure.

4) Samantha Bee “would do anything to help those kids.” Open your checkbook, then, and promote a worthy charity that would actually support the children you claim to care about. Money, mouth, you know the drill.

5) “I’m a comedian” is not a legitimate defense when you’re not funny.

6) Ben Shapiro is right – the fact that Samantha Bee is still on the air says more about the quality of her fan base than about herself. She gets to still have a show because of the studio audience’s whooping and hollering when she first delivered the scripted line. Sponsors, though….

7) The words “I apologize to Ivanka Trump” never appear in this “apology.” She doesn’t even say Ivanka’s name. She only refers to “the president’s daughter.” She’s apologizing to the women who were upset and offended by her use of that slur, but not to Ivanka herself. So, it’s not an apology to the person she actually insulted. Which means it’s not much of an apology.

Samantha Bee will keep her show (so long as she can get sponsors to stay on), and her fans will continue to lap her brand of “comedy” up. Those who watch her show already know what kind of person she is. And now we know what kind of “comedian” they will accept.

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  • Johnny says:

    “It is a word I have used on the show many times trying to reclaim it. ”
    Consider it reclaimed, Samantha.
    It’s all yours. You own it.
    I can honestly say that whenever I think of you from now on, it will be the first word that comes to my mind.
    Which adds one more reason to why I will try very hard not to think of you, from now on.

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