Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Jon Stewart Does Not Buy Trump's Samantha Bee Criticism

Jon Stewart has a theory about the Samantha Bee controversy Dave Kotinsky Getty Images for Montclair Film Festival
Charles Bowen | 12 June, 2018, 03:29

The Daily Beast reports that during a Q&A session at San Francisco's Clusterfest on Sunday, the former "The Daily Show" host was asked to weigh in on Bee's decision to apologize for calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless cunt" during an episode of "Full Frontal" last week.

Bee, a former Daily Show correspondent, got into hot water last week after she lambasted Ivanka Trump for posting a picture on social media that showed the First Daughter holding her child.

Stewart worked with Bee on "The Daily Show" from 2003 to 2015. Other comedians, such Kathy Griffin, have stepped forward to defend Bee, though the late-night host did offer an apology on the comment that was approved by her show's producers, lawyers, and network censors.

"Stewart wasn't buying the outrage from the right, implying that Bee shouldn't have apologized, and he suggested it was all calculated and part of the "'we're the real victims' game" conservatives play.

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In many ways, Jon Stewart appears to be right. He said, "It's a game, it's a strategy and it's working".

"I'm going to tell you something about Sam Bee, because I've known her for a very long time". Bee used the phrase in question during a segment urging the president's daughter to "do something" about her father's immigration policy that had resulted in the government separating some children living in the country illegally from their parents.

"They don't give a s*** about the word 'c***,'" he said, referring to the Trump administration and the vulgar remark that landed Bee in hot water. "That is probably - he says that instead of 'please, ' I'm guessing", he added of Trump. "And so, create your own moral code to live by, but don't be fooled into trying to make concessions that you think will mollify them". Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Bee's comments " vile and vicious" and Full Frontal "not fit for broadcast".

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