We can count Samantha Bee among the millions of TV viewers who watched Christine Blasey Ford testify before the Senate Judicial Committee about her alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who followed his accuser with an angry, blistering tirade professing both his innocence and his enduring love of beer.
Although she didn’t have an episode of “Full Frontal” on Friday in which she could vent her spleen, instead she offered up a brief video in which she shares her feelings about the spectacle that unfolded.
“It’s Friday, Sep. 28, and I don’t have a show tonight, but yesterday a bunch of super-powerful white dudes stood up and yelled at rape survivors for messing up their schedules so I needed to either yell into a camera or eat an entire confetti cake,” she quips while lying on a couch surrounded by empty liquor bottles. “Honestly, I choose both.”
She has some tough words for the Republican senators — a.k.a. “shriveled old scrotums” — who “went on TV and basically told the world that any Ivy League chode’s career ambitions are worth more than all the women he may have hurt on his way there.”
Bee singled out Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, who voted to move ahead with Kavanaugh’s confirmation under the condition that the FBI investigate Blasey Ford’s allegations, unfavourably comparing Flake to the protagonist of To Kill a Mockingbird.
“I know it’s never good when the fate of the nation hangs on Jeff Flake actually doing a thing,” Bee notes. “He’s a real Atticus Finch — if Atticus Finch had gone right into court and said, ‘I may be a little concerned about the treatment of black people. Anyway, byyye!’”
She continued: “This is one of the most heartbreaking days I’ve experienced since doing the show; it’s up there with election night and the day we learned about children separated at the border and the day Hillary Clinton told us that no, she would not play Pikachu in our ‘Pokemon Go to the Polls’ sketch.”
Bee then offered some advice on how to deal with the rage that women are feeling after witnessing what took place in the Senate.
“Please, be kind to yourselves today — especially if you’re a survivor of abuse or assault. Notwithstanding Lindsey Graham’s hissy fit, you do deserve justice,” she says. “You do deserve to be heard no matter when you come forward or how many Ivy League degrees your assaulter has, and we’re going to continue to build a world where you get that.”
She ends on an optimistic note, comparing this moment in history to the fallout of Anita Hill’s testimony during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings, when “an unprecedented number of women were swept into office, thanks to a massive wave of female rage. We’re going to do that again in November. And then maybe we’ll power the eastern seaboard for a while. Pretty sure we’ll have some rage left over.”