Samantha Bee had a request for Ivanka Trump Wednesday on her show, and the way she worded that request is not going over well with conservatives. The Full Frontal host flashed a photo Ivanka tweeted Sunday showing the First Daughter holding her young son, calling it "oblivious" due to the outcry this week over immigrant parents and children reportedly being separated at the US border. "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---," Bee said. "He listens to you. Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f---ing stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, OK?" Outrage soon followed from the right, USA Today reports, followed by a quick apology from Bee. Read on for more:
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Bee's words "vile and vicious," the AP reports, saying that Bee's network, TBS, "must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned." Other reactions from the right:
- RedState founder Erick Erickson: "So ABC just fired Roseanne for her tweet. Will TBS fire Samatha Bee for her actual on-air monologue? Seems to me that calling Ivanka Trump a 'feckless c*nt' is just as bad as suggesting Valerie Jarrett is an ape."
- Megyn Kelly: "This is disgusting. How is this acceptable? And how are we expected to take any of these publications seriously if they gleefully repost something like this at the same time they (rightfully) condemn @therealroseanne? You know the saying Love is Love? Well Hate is Hate."
- Herman Cain: "Hey @TBSNetwork, shall I assume the Samantha Bee cancellation news will come later today? No? You don't care that this poor man's Jon Stewart is completely horrible? Ok, then..."
Other Twitter users came to Bee's defense, pointing out she hadn't used a racist term like Roseanne did, though some took issue with the c-word as a "gendered" insult. Even before Bee pointed out Ivanka's tweeted photo on her show, many said Ivanka should consider how she would feel if her child were separated from her, People reports. Ivanka responded to those criticisms Tuesday, tweeting "ignore the trolls." Following hours of brouhaha over Bee's segment, Bee issued a statement apologizing Thursday, CNN reports. "I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night," she said. "It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it." (Read more Ivanka Trump stories.)