Monday night, when Michele Bachmann went on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, some controversy was caused. Not by something Fallon or Bachmann said; but, because Fallon’s house band The Roots opted to play a 1985 Fishbone song called “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.” The stunt may have been amusing to some, but it was an uncomfortable moment for Bachmann, who is now demanding that Late Night's network NBC apologize.
This morning Bachmann appeared on Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom to discuss her appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, among other things. According to Deadline, Fallon has already apologized to the politician, which is all good and well, but Bachmann has no plans to stop talking about the problem until NBC takes a stand as well. According to Bachmann, NBC should apologize as well as fire The Root’s drummer, ?uestlove. She later spoke out about sexism:
“None of that happened from NBC. And this is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite, but it’s also, I think, sexism as well. This wouldn’t be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama; it shouldn’t be tolerated if it’s a conservative woman either.”
Okay Ms. Bachmann, if it wouldn’t be tolerated for Michelle Obama, than it isn’t sexism. You would have been more logical here arguing that NBC has a liberal bias, but I guess that would have probably made you come off as whiny. Here’s the thing: I’m on your side. I think The Roots are too old to be playing punkass tricks like that on network TV. I think they should apologize to you and if that means NBC apologizes to you, fine. But there is no need to get your panties in such a twist. Also, The Roots are a band. Not just a house band. If you fire ?uestlove, you would have to fire everyone and that would probably piss a bunch of Jimmy Fallon fans off, as well as put NBC in a sticky situation and make people think you are what? A bitch.
The biggest problem for me, here, is, as a high-ranking female politician, Bachmann should be a role model. She should have grace and charm in a “Lyin Ass Bitch” situation or at least a cutthroat, collected ability to brush the whole thing off. Bachmann said the whole thing would have never happened to Michelle Obama and I believe she is right: if it did, Obama would express her disappointment with grace and then would move on. This simply isn't about politics or womanhood, but is a statement of personality.
The song was in poor taste and The Roots were behaving like children, but Bachmann’s response fares little better. She should just be happy The Roots didn’t substitute the word “Michele” for “Mary” in “The Seed (2.0).”