TBS’s “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee hit back against the criticism of her for calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c-nt,” saying people should be focusing on President Trump’s policies “wrenching children from their parents and treating people legally seeking asylum as criminals” rather than getting angry over “one bad word.”
“We spent the day wrestling with the repercussions of one bad word, when we all should have spent the day incensed that as a nation we are wrenching children from their parents and treating people legally seeking asylum as criminals,” Bee said Thursday while accepting a Television Academy Honors award, according to IndieWire.
“Every week I strive to show the world as I see it, unfiltered. Sometimes I should probably have a filter. I accept that. I take it seriously when I get it right and I do take responsibility when I get it wrong,” Bee told the crowd.
Bee’s comments came just hours after she apologized for using a vulgar slur against Ivanka Trump during a “Full Frontal” segment Wednesday, which focused on separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
During the segment, Bee blasted Ivanka Trump for a recent tweet showing her embracing her young son.
“You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another: do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c—.”
The Hill added:
The White House had blasted Bee’s show as “not fit for broadcast” following the insult, and two of “Full Frontal’s” sponsors announced they were suspending their ads.
In a Friday tweet, President Trump questioned why TBS wasn’t “firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show.”
“I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it,” Bee said in a Thursday statement.
“Stories about 1,500 missing unaccompanied migrant children flooded the news cycle over the weekend,” Bee said while accepting the award Thursday. “So last night we aired a segment on the atrocious treatment of migrant children by this administration and past administrations. Sometimes even the ones who look best in swim trunks do bad jobs with things. Our piece attracted controversy of the worst kind.”
“I can tell you, as long as we have breath in our bodies and 21 minutes of airtime once a week, repeats on Saturdays, that we as a show will never stop shouting [about] the inhumanities of this world from the rooftops,” Bee continued, “and striving to make it a better place. But in a comedy way.”