Roseanne Barr, Samantha Bee and the difference within.
So let’s review…
Roseanne Barr writes a tweet that says the following.
“muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj”
The “vj” referred to Valerie Jarrett, a former Senior Advisior to President Obama who is Bi-Racial.
The response is swift and almost biblical in it’s ferocity. The reboot of ROSEANNE is cancelled. Reruns of her old show are pulled from streaming services in a heartbeat. It’s the sort of Karmic Payback that would make even the most hard boiled Atheist look heaven ward for a moment and say “Don’t tase me, bro!”.
A couple of days later, Samantha Bee on her TBS show, FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE finishes a a particularly gut wrenching story about the policy of seperating migrant children from their parents by calling Ivanka Trump a “Feckless Cunt”. (Prompted by Ms. Trump tweeting a photo of herself with her infant son just as the migrant story broke.)
The response is also swift. Companies started pulling ads from the show, (Which is an understandable response.) Donald Trump called for the show to be cancelled (Which is a understandable response if you’re living in North Korea.) And the Right started screaming about “Liberal Hypocrisy” because in their eyes, both things are equal and and therefore should be treated as such.
This of course, is wrong.
Both incidents bear a superficial resemblance to each other is that both were meant as jokes by both but aren’t really. Sam Bee’s comment was more of howl of anger, followed by a kind of jokey reference to Trump’s alleged carnal desire for his daughter. It was a rare misstep for a show that always managed to balance moral outrage with solid comedic writing. On the other hand, Barr’s tweet barely qualified as a joke. If I can get Comedy 101 for a moment, while the basic structure was sound, it feels misshapen because it’s using a organization and a fictional planet as parental units. Now if she had tweeted “osama bin laden & dr. zaius had a baby=vj”…well, it still would have been racist as hell but it would have scanned. (This is particulary embarrassing because before hitting it big on TV, Barr was a sucessful road comic who never would have been this sloppy in a club.)
But more importantly, the difference was in context.
However you feel about Bee’s comment, it was an honest response to an inhuman policy that has broken up thousands of families. Ivanka Trump sold herself as modifying force in The White House. And yet she has done seemingly nothing. You may question her use of the word, “Cunt” but “Feckless” seems spot on.
Meanwhile, Roseanne Barr went after Jarrett becuase…I honestly don’t know. Did she read something in the paper about her? Did Jarrett owe her money from way back. Or did Barr just feel like taking a potshot at a libtard and Jarrett was the first name that popped into her head? Whatever the reason, it read like a white woman using racist imagery on a Woman of Color because she could.
Or to put it simpler, A white woman calling a black woman a monkey is the perpetuation of the white power structure’s oppression.
A white woman calling another white woman a Cunt is a PTA Mixer gone bad.