Jon Stewart Defends Samantha Bee From Right-Wing Victimization ‘Game’


Arguing that apologizing is akin to falling in a trap concocted by the political right to moral police the left, Stewart told The Daily Beast that the contours of comedic or political discourse can not be a prerogative of one group of people. Other comedians, such Kathy Griffin, have stepped forward to defend Bee, though the late-night host did offer an apology on the comment that was approved by her show's producers, lawyers, and network censors.

Bee apologized as advertisers pulled away, but conservatives saw it as a liberal media double standard after ABC cancelled the highly popular show starring Trump-loving Roseanne Barr, whose tweets last week were widely viewed as racist, comparing a former Clinton ally, who is black, to a monkey.

Stewart addressed the controversy during a question-and-answer session at the Clusterfest comedy festival in San Francisco, The Daily Beast reported.

Bee, once a correspondent on Stewart's "The Daily Show", was the subject of a near-weeklong outrage cycle over a line on her TBS show, "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee".

Kayleigh McEnany wants there to be consequences for Samantha Bee for calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless cunt" on her show Wednesday.

Stewart said the controversy surrounding Bee represented a "game" and "strategy" from right-wing politicians at large.

"Please understand that a lot of what the right does, and it's maybe their greatest genius, is they've created a code of conduct that they police, that they themselves don't have to, in any way, abide", he added.

But now Bee's former boss, Jon Stewart, says that Bee shouldn't have apologized because she had every right to use the c-word to describe Ivanka Trump.

Last week, the president asked on Twitter why the "no talent" Bee wasn't already fired. "It's a game, it's a strategy and it's working", he said. "[Trump] says [the C-word] instead of 'please, ' I'm guessing". In 2016, TBS premiered Bee's very own late-night talk show, making her one of the few females to occupy that timeslot.