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Published On: Fri, Jun 1st, 2018

Samantha Bee apologizes for Ivanka Trump attack, Autotrader pulls ads, Sally Field leads supporters

Amid an advertiser and conservative backlash, Samantha Bee has apologized for calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c**t” on Wednesday night’s Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.

“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,” Bee said in a statement on Twitter. “It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.” (Politico)

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“Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night,” TBS said in a statement. “Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.”

Many, especially conservatives, slammed Bee’s insult as sexist and drew comparisons to Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett, which got Barr’s hit ABC sitcom revival Roseanne canceled earlier this week. Some called for Full Frontal to also be axed in response.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denounced Bee on Thursdayand called on Time Warner and TBS to take action. “The language used by Samantha Bee last night is vile and vicious. The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling,” she said.

Kathy Griffin was among the first to back Bee, first urging her not to apologize and then commenting on the situation after she did.

“Please do not be hard on @iamsambee for apologizing. While I was hoping she wouldn’t, I know first hand what it’s like being put through the Trump wood chipper..what she’s going through right now is crazy. All for a bleeped word. Comics held to higher standards than the president,” Griffin wrote.

Sally Field took to Twitter — and slammed Ivanka Trump herself.

“I like Samantha Bee a lot, but she is flat wrong to call Ivanka a c—,” she said. “C—s are powerful, beautiful, nurturing and honest.”

Comedian Billy Eichner chimed in as well.

“Honestly I think Samantha Bee was being generous,” he wrote.

Filmmaker Michael Moore also gave his thoughts on the matter, comparing the outrage to what Roseanne Barr experienced, even going as far as to post a video of the monologue, which TBS removed from its official channel.

“Ha! The White House today, still not denouncing Roseanne’s racism, tries to confuse the issue by going after Samantha Bee’s brilliant rant against Ivanka last night,” he wrote, calling her a “truth-teller.”

“Love Simon” star Natasha Rothwell shared similar thoughts on the two comments as well.

“Equating expletives to racism suggests an ideology used to systematically subjugate people of color for hundreds of years is the same as a four letter word that the FCC finds ‘indecent.’ If you don’t see why that is dangerous you, too, are a feckless c—.”

Feminist attorney Lisa Bloom shared her thoughts on the difference between the use of the word and Barr’s racist comment.

“OK, but a white woman (Roseanne) invoking slavery-era racism about a black woman is miles away from a woman using the “c” word to insult another woman. Neither comic was ‘kidding,’ really. Sam’s point was true: Ivanka has not helped immigrant kids. Roseanne’s was a flat out lie.”

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