Samantha Bee Addresses Controversial Ivanka Trump Remarks on Her Show

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 7, 2018

"They want it gone, and I don't blame them".

"I'm really sorry that I said that word, but you know what?"

"It is a word I have used on the show many times, hoping to reclaim it", Bee said.

Bee fired her shot at Trump, the president's older daughter and a White House adviser, at the end of a segment about the administration's practice of splitting up migrant families trying to cross USA borders - not only families attempting to enter the country illegally but also those following the legal process of seeking asylum.

"Them" is likely a reference to those who thought "Hollywood" was guilty of a double standard for canceling Roseanne after star Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet but allowing Bee to keep her late night show on TBS.

Bee touched off a media firestorm when she called Trump a "feckless c-t" near the end of a "Full Frontal" segment railing against the Trump administration's border policies.

She added that Bee's use of the vulgar word only distracted from the immigration issues she meant to shed light on. Though the White House emphasized the context of Trump's remark - "the president has laid out what he wants to see in an immigration process, and that is a merit-based system", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said - Bee, like much of the media, scrutinized his word choice. They also react to the show 8.3 times more than they do to other programs across all networks it measured.

Max Buccini, a 34-year-old from NY who was in the audience for the taping Wednesday afternoon, told CNN that Bee's remarks seemed "from the heart".

But once she had gotten the clear apology out of the way, Bee turned back to the issue that had inspired her to use the word in the first place: Trump's policy of separating immigrant kids from their families. I crossed the line.

She concluded by saying "civility is just nice words". "I hate that I did something to contribute to the nightmare of 24 hour news cycles that were all white knuckling through". Many advertisers weren't there to help her in her quest.

She went on to say she hated it "distracted from more important issues". "Maybe we should all worry a little more about the niceness of our actions".

Bee concluded Wednesday night's third apology by giving those who anxious about "the death of civility" this past week something to think about.

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