In an interview with KLIF radio in Dallas on Friday, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann shared that she still wasn’t pleased with NBC’s response to the “Lying Ass Bitch” controversy. The GOP candidate did receive a written apology from a higher-up at NBC – the senior vice president for special programs to be exact – but apparently the atonement wasn’t sufficient in Bachmann’s eyes. The GOP candidate stated “Of course I accept the apology, but my guess is that it would have been the president of the NBC that would have been apologizing not a senior vice president,” if the same offense had happened to a liberal candidate.
Bachmann has always had a valid point in this situation. Offensive song or at least poor taste given the context? Perhaps. Sexist, as the right-winger asserted last week? Perhaps, but not so much. If The Roots played the song for any other woman, the world would have come crashing down in condemnation and their heads would have been requested on a platter. But we have learned that neither the network nor the show’s host knew The Roots intentions to play the now infamous song. Band leader ?uestlove played a song he felt was appropriate, much like he does with any other guest. I don’t know him personally and he hasn’t issued a full statement, but I get the feeling that he – like many others – may not agree with Bachmann’s political stance, which includes condemning homosexuality and pretty much condoning slavery as good for Black families. Let’s set all that aside and just say the voting public accepts that most politicians tell grandiose fibs so perhaps Fallon’s house band should play the tune anytime a public service makes an appearance on the show. Then, there will be no sexism, racism or favoritism involved.
Otherwise, I would like to share a bit of wisdom with the GOP candidate, a nugget once given to me by an old wise man: If you beat a dead horse, all you get is flies. Accept the apology from NBC and host Jimmy Fallon and move on with the peddling of your book. Obviously, that’s the main goal of your media blitz anyway since actually receiving the majority of your party’s support isn’t likely.
On the flipside, Fishbone has received a publicity swell they couldn’t be more pleased with. The group’s founder John Norwood Fisher says the timing of the controversy benefits his band greatly since they just released a new album and accompanying video last week. In an interview with Las Vegas City Life, Fisher says he’s thankful for the Roots-inspired resurgence in interest and has his own take regarding the controversy.
CL: Did you have a laugh?
NF: Absolutely! It was brilliant. I thought the application was awesome. Fallon is a comedian. He’s a funny guy. He’s not Tom Brokaw. And his band (The Roots) does this kind of thing where they use obscure or subtle humor when Fallon brings out guests. I didn’t get the interpretation of disrespect from it. I could see why people would think that. But in my opinion falls under the heading of political satire. I’m someone that grew up with Saturday Night Live and National Lampoon. To me, it’s on that level.
Sexism, satire…dah, who knows these days.