OPINION | Barry Richard: Justice Unequal for Barr and Bee
Comedian Samantha Bee has apologized for dropping the "C"-bomb on First Daughter Ivanka Trump on live television this week. It's funny, because most people didn't even realize it happened. Not only because so few people actually watch her weekly program Full Frontal on TBS, but because there was virtually no media coverage of the incident.
This whole thing makes the case for those of us who have been arguing that Roseanne is being treated differently than others who use vile and vulgar language in discussing the Trump family. No sane person will attempt to defend Roseanne's tweet suggesting that former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett resembles an ape. But Samantha Bee should have been treated as harshly for her remarks, and she wasn't.
In apologizing, Bee did the full mia culpa, "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."
TBS followed with an apology of its own and is standing by its girl, "Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night. Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it."
Suggesting a black woman resembles an ape is demeaning and insulting. But dropping a "C"-bomb on any woman is as demeaning as it gets. I am told by women that there is no word more offensive. Yet, the reaction was crickets. Are you surprised? Why are women of all races not outraged by this?
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.