It is no surprise that Hollywood and celebrities are pretty much entirely one-sided when it comes to politics. Nearly anything that has a media outlet will use it to bash politics (mainly Republicans and Conservatives) and that includes late night talk shows, specifically Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which has recently found itself in some pretty hot water with politicians and Michele Bachmann.
Host of the Late Night show Jimmy Fallon apologized via Twitter to Conservative Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Tuesday after the comedian and talk show host’s house band played an offensive song as Bachmann’s entrance music for her Monday appearance.
Fallon’s house band, known as The Roots, played Fishbone’s song “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” to welcome Bachmann to the show. However most people, including Bachmann herself, didn’t notice until band drummer Questlove hinted at it in a Twitter post following the show.
Fallon apologized on Tuesday via Twitter saying, “I’m honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I’m so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back. Actually it was a fun interview. She helped me with my Minnesota accent. (I still sound Irish).”
However, Fallon’s apology isn’t enough for Bachmann who accused NBC of sexism for not issuing an apology on behalf of the network. Bachmann told Fox News in an interview on Wednesday that whoever in the band chose the song should be disciplined or fired and suggested NBC has a double standard in how it treats Republican women.
Bachmann stated, “This wouldn’t be tolerated if it were Michelle Obama, and it shouldn’t be tolerated for a conservative woman,” while also calling the song choice an “outrage”. Surprisingly, Bachmann is not the only person complaining. The choice of song came under scrutiny from all sides of the political spectrum. Democratic New York Representative Nita Lowey trashed the show for the song in a statement to Politico and also called on NBC, Fallon and the band to apologize.
Lowey stated, “The choice of song to introduce Michele Bachmann on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ last night was insulting and inappropriate. I do not share Michele Bachmann’s politics, but she deserves to be treated with respect. No female politician – and no woman – should be subjected to sexist and offensive innuendo like she was last night.”
I fear that NBC, Jimmy Fallon and the band will get nothing more than a slap on the wrist or a stern talking to due to Bachmann’s political affiliation. If the tables were turned and a democrat was poked fun at, it would be a whole different story. Can’t we at least have some form of entertainment that doesn’t have to stick its political ideologies in whenever it gets the opportunity?
Source: Yahoo! – Jimmy Fallon apologizes to Michele Bachmann for offensive song