On last week’s episode of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”, the Toronto-born comedian used a word to describe Ivanka Trump that rhymes with “bunt”.
In this Wednesday’s edition of her TBS comedy series, Bee apologized for its usage after receiving some extreme backlash, addressing the controversy at the top of the show, noting that “people were offended and angry” over her word choice.
“It is a word I have used on the show many times hoping to reclaim it,” Bee explained. “This time, I used it as an insult. I crossed the line. I regret it and I do apologize for it.”
However, Bee had a caveat: “The problem is, many women have heard that word at the worst moments of their lives. A lot of them don’t want that word reclaimed — they want it gone. And I don’t blame them. I don’t want to inflict more pain on them.
“I want this show to be challenging and I want it to be honest, but I never intended it to hurt anyone… except Ted Cruz,” she joked.
Noting that “many men were also offended,” she quipped, “I do not care about that.
“I hate that this distracted from more important issues. I hate that I did something to contribute to the nightmare of 24-hour news cycles that we’re all white-knuckling through. I should have known that a potty-mouthed insult would be inherently more interesting to them than juvenile immigration policy. I would do anything to help those kids. I hate that this distracted from them, so to them I am also sorry.”
Having her back on social media was Jane Lynch, who echoed Bee’s sentiments:
She wrapped up by admitting she’s “really sorry that I said that word, but you know what? Civility is just nice words. Maybe we should all worry a little bit more about the niceness of our actions.”