IF YOU DO NOT LIKE WHAT A COMEDIAN SAYS ON HER SHOW, JUST DON’T WATCH
Comedian Samantha Bee has made a lot of jokes at the expense of the president and those who work for him.
That is perfectly fine. A good comedian is supposed to go after those in power.
The issue, of course, is that this only runs one way.
Bee’s vitriol is only aimed in the direction of those on the opposite side of her politically.
Now, again, that is not a big deal. But let’s just imagine for a second that a right-leaning entertainer called Chelsea Clinton a “feckless c — t.” He or she would have been immediately annihilated by the press.
Yet, most in the press corps stood by and said nothing when Bee said this about Ivanka Trump.
To her credit, Ivanka Trump took the high road.
Now, people have been arguing ever since whether or not Bee’s performance was offensive or inappropriate, and what to do about it.
But does there really need to be action taken?
The entire point of the comedy is to be adversarial in a funny way. That does not mean nasty with no punchline, but it does mean holding the powerful accountable.
That being the case, while Bee’s comments clearly went over the line, so what?
Many called for boycotts of Bee’s sponsors which eventually forced an apology, but this is a very dangerous road to go down.
We have seen this done by the left, particularly against Laura Ingraham. It was shameless bullying then, and it is shameless bullying now.
Is there a double standard when it comes to what you are allowed to say to a conservative woman as opposed to a liberal woman? Of course.
And while it is ok — and probably even a good idea — to point this out, the last thing we should be doing is summoning outrage mobs.
If you do not like Samantha Bee, do not watch her show. If you do not like Laura Ingraham, do not watch her show.
But when you start organizing sponsorship boycotts to try to ruin somebody for professing a point of view you do not like, that is a slippery slope. Because the outrage mob is great when you are on the right side of it, but you could be leading it today only to be destroyed by it tomorrow.
If you do not believe me, just ask Samantha Bee.
Sure, she will survive this and her show will go on, as it should. I just hope now that Bee has been on the receiving end of one of these mobs, she thinks twice about trying to sick them on somebody else the nxt time somebody offends her sensibilities.