Unless you spent last week hiding in a turkey carcass, you probably heard about Michele Bachmann's entrance song on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last Monday. The show's band (AKA The Roots) played Fishbone's "Lyin' Ass Bitch" as Bachmann walked onstage. For the 99% of you who are unfamiliar with late 80s ska/punk/funk, let the 1% who are occupy your ears with this stone cold jam.
While the band didn't actually sing the offensive title, there were enough notes for discerning listeners to name that tune. The show's band intended the prank to be tongue-in-cheek. In fact, the drummer Questlove even tweeted for his fans to look out for that night's "snark." But it was hard to find anyone willing to call the stunt a Swiftian satire. It was more Jackassian.
Bachmann then went on a media blitz, stating…
"This is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite," Bachmann said. She added, "This wouldn't be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama. It shouldn't be tolerated if it's a conservative woman either."
The band has been reprimanded and Bachmann received a personal apology from both Fallon and NBC's Vice President. Only the Vice President of NBC? Was their President too busy high-fiving everyone behind closed doors?
It's valid to ask if it could have happened to Michelle Obama. The Hollywood entertainment elite is undeniably more left-winged then, say, the NASCAR audience that booed the First Lady the day before. But while Bachmann gets to cry elitist, Mrs. Obama doesn't have that luxury. Calling NASCAR audiences "elitist" would be a little like calling NASCAR audiences "elitist."
And if booing is too tame a comparison, don't forget the pundit who actually called Hillary Clinton a "bitch." The Secretary of State most likely checks her mailbox every day waiting for that apology letter to finally arrive.
There's a lesson here for Michele Bachmann: Women in power should never have to tolerate being called a "bitch." Also, all women in power will always have to tolerate being called a "bitch."
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