I crossed the line: Comedian Samantha Bee apologizes for using the c-word for Ivanka Trump
Bee also apologized to all the children affected by Trump administration's immigration policies for taking the public attention away from them
A great deal of drama has unfolded since Samantha Bee's use of the "c" word for President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka during one of the episodes of 'Full Frontal'. While some equated the exchange to the racist tweets of Roseanne Barr, others, including fellow comedians, rushed to Bee's defense.
Since the outrage, though, the Canadian-American comedian has addressed the controversy publicly, even issuing an apology for her choice of words. On Wednesday night, Bee reiterated the message once again but this time taking a dig at the faux media coverage over her calling the President's daughter a "feckless c***".
"A lot of people were offended and angry that I used an epithet to describe the president’s daughter and adviser last week,” the 48-year-old comedian began. “It is a word I have used on the show many times, hoping to reclaim it. This time, I used it as an insult. I crossed the line. I regret it and I do apologize for that.”
Explaining that the idea behind her show is not to glorify the expletives or use them to cause hurt to anyone, Bee added, "I want this show to be challenging and I want it to be honest, but I never intended it to hurt anyone—except Ted Cruz. Many men were also offended by my use of the word; I do not care about that.”
Clearly, Bee's response was not meant to be a simple apology as she used the opportunity to take a shot at the media and it's coverage of the controversial 'Full Frontal' episode. “I hate that this distracted from more important issues,” Bee said, taking a sarcastic turn with her latest apology.
"I hate that I did something to contribute to the nightmare of 24-hour news cycles that we’re all white-knuckling through. I should have known that a potty-mouthed insult would be inherently more interesting to [the media] than juvenile immigration policy. I would do anything to help those kids. I hate that this distracted from them, so to them, I am also sorry," she added.
The crossfire brewed in the aftermath of the recent cancellation of comedian Roseanne Barr's sitcom by ABC after she shared a deeply offensive and distasteful tweet. Many even compared Barr's tweet to Bee's latest rant, urging a stronger response to the later.
“Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show? A total double standard but that’s O.K., we are Winning, and will be doing so for a long time to come!” President Trump tweeted out, adding to the drama.