In a special post-election Wednesday episode of Full Frontal, Samantha Bee skips through the opening dream sequence, overjoyed that this toxic election cycle is finally over. As she screams and high-fives her famous friends (Larry Wilmore! Jon Stewart!) at both the thrill of voting for the first female president and finally being free from the shackles of election coverage, Bee is full of optimism. And then she wakes up. All is not well.
While dressed as a ‘sad, liberal Liberace’, Bee wonders how the election went so differently than people thought it would. She also goes after people who are saying that the election will at least be good for comedy, because, no, that is not how this works.
“Look, this isn’t good for anyone. Our democracy just horked up a marmalade hairball with the whole world watching. What we did was the democratic equivalent of installing an above ground pool. Even if we’re lucky and it doesn’t seep into our foundation, the neighbors will never look at us the same way again.”
Bee goes on, and she isn’t afraid to point fingers at the unsurprising group that got Trump elected: white people. Specifically white women. In voting for a ‘weaponized vial of testosterone’ over the first female presidential nominee, Bee hopes they got their stickers and are proud of leaning out. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom. Bee makes it clear that America is still great — after all, we do have Shonda Rhimes shows, peanut butter, Lin Manuel-Miranda’s cry rapping, and a little thing called the US Constitution — but we need to do better.
“Let’s get off the floor and start working… especially you, white women. We’ve got some karma to work off.”
No one brings the righteous anger like Samantha Bee, and her post-election frustration did not disappoint. We have to do better, and we can’t just wait around for someone to do the work for us.