Megyn Kelly was among the first celebrities to chime in on Bee's controversial use of the "c-word," tweeting that it was "disgusting" and asking, "How is this acceptable?" The topic came up on CNN as well, with senior media reporter Oliver Darcy agreeing it was "a really disgusting remark," as reported by Deadline, and saying that "critics are rightfully upset, saying this is something that should not be used while discussing politics."
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders demanded TBS cancel her show. "The language used by Samantha Bee last night is vile and vicious," she said in a statement received by The Wrap. "The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling. Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network."
On the flip side, comedian Billy Eichner tweeted, "Honestly I think Samantha Bee was being generous."
Bee's comment came after she showed a recent tweet of Ivanka's and described it as "the second most oblivious tweet we've seen this week." The tweet itself was innocent enough, a simple picture of Ivanka with her child that was posted this past Sunday. Bee took issue with the tweet because of what she'd rather see Ivanka doing about the migrant children who had been separated from their parents and then reportedly lost by the U.S. government.
"You know, Ivanka, that's a beautiful photo of you and your child," Bee said on her show Wednesday night. "But let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad's immigration practices, you feckless c-nt. He listens to you. Put on something tight and low cut and tell your father to f-cking stop it! Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, OK?"
This is not the first time that Bee has used this word on her show, but coming just a few days after the Roseanne Barr controversy, the association was inevitable. Please note that while the term (and her use of the "f-word") were censored on TBS, they were not the clip posted online, which has since been deleted. Bee has also apologized for the remark that has already turned off one of her show's advertisers, AutoTrader.
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. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.
With sensitivities still high in the wake of ABC's cancellation of "Rosanne" after Barr's racist tweet, Twitter again erupted over Bee's offensive use of the "c-word."
Much like the responses to Barr's tweet -- and like everything these days -- the response was largely divided among party lines, with liberals more supportive of the comedian's freedom of speech while conservatives compared it to Barr's comments, and demanded a similar outrage and response.
Below are some of the most provocative tweets from Hollywood and beyond both in support of and against Samantha Bee
Lovely to see feminist queen @iamsambee calling @IvankaTrump a 'feckless c***t.' Of course, if a high profile man called Ms Bee that phrase... she'd scream 'FIRE THIS SEXIST PIG!' so loudly her larynx would burst. pic.twitter.com/CEn3c5wAHK
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. https://t.co/YTjmZQ4zMV
Compare ABC's reaction to Roseanne Barr's tweet w TBS's non-reaction to Samantha Bee and you'll see a double-standard in action. There's no uprising against Bee. Why? Because she is liberal. Because the MSM protects Obama and his aides, but not Trump. The hypocrisy is sickening.
I'm sure @TBSNetwork promptly canceled Samantha Bee's show after her vulgar remark about Ivanka Trump because those are the rules now right @therealroseanne? Or is there some view Samantha holds that makes her different? Just wondering where the consistency is guys... https://t.co/BWpxSqv3Mq
I see that the liberal left is at it again. "Rosanne" was canceled by ABC because of a tweet that was considered racist. But TBS can allow Samantha Bee to consistently say racist and horrific things about President Trump on her show and the Dems feel that is fine. Hypocrisy.
The Samantha Bee and Roseanne controversies are just proving that there's a clear double standard and certain people can say whatever they want and get away with it while others get punished for it Either let everyone voice their opinion no matter how bad or take away free speech
Why is Samantha Bee/Full Frontal getting an award instead of being fired for her vulgar/disrespectful tweet regarding Ivanka? How is that advancing social change?! If Roseanne deserves to be fired so does she! What hypocrisy! #SamanthaBee #fullfrontal #firesamanthabee #cnn
Roseanne (who I can't stand fwiw) makes a tasteless crack about a black woman being ape-like, and the entertainment establishment excommunicates her. Samantha Bee (who I hate almost as much as Roseanne) calls Ivanka Trump a "cunt" and suggests incest, and she's a hero? New Rules?
I love Samantha Bee so much her Ivanka comments are just you know, locker room talk. Also, to the trump supporters out there comparing her name calling to a racist comment, let me direct your attention to a shirt you guys wore. pic.twitter.com/FOl2Y1GGaE
The difference between Roseanne and Samantha Bee; Roseanne tried to utilize stereotype to attack someone who wasn't doing anything. Samantha Bee uses her platform to request the US stops separating families. You swing up when you can. I pity you if you think it's comparable.
Your government is ripping children- babies and toddlers- out of the arms of their mothers. 648 children were taken from their parents in the first 13 days fo Operation Streamline alone. #WhereAreTheChildren ?
But sure. Let's worry about something Samantha Bee said on TV.
Samantha Bee is entitled to her opinion just like all you ignorant conservatives love to defend Trump's misogyny, sexism, racism, elitism, chauvinism..please the list is endless! You all allowed this to be the norm way before Samantha Bee so save the FAKE OUTRAGE
Comparing Samantha Bee, who isn't the only comedian to say cunt (never saw Jim Jefferies get shit for calling a female hunter one), to Roseanne who compared a black woman to an ape (you're stupid if you don't get those historical ramifications) just makes you ill informed.
Racial slurs are different than ad hominems. And by different, I mean worse. Roseanne wasn't fired for being vulgar, she was fired for being racist. If Samantha Bee gets fired it's bc ppl can't tell the difference. (And if you can't tell the difference... you might be a racist.)
Roseanne calling a Black woman a monkey is not the same as Samantha Bee calling Ivanka Trump a c*nt. #ValarieJarrett was attacked for her race. Ivanka was attacked on her character. pic.twitter.com/rA5aMP5Q3f
Folks, let's be clear: if Donald Trump called any woman what Samantha Bee called Ivanka, all of conservative media and evangelical leaders, to say nothing of his supporters, would unanimously be like, "Oh, yeah, it's totally fine to say the c-word, now. You didn't know?"