Samantha Bee's vicious attack on Ivanka shows double standard compared to Roseanne treatment, say critics

On the heels of ABC firing Roseanne Barr over a racist tweet, a harsh focus is now on “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee for calling first daughter Ivanka Trump a “feckless c---t" on Wednesday night.

President Trump has been pointing out a double standard regarding who can use insensitive rhetoric, and many have pointed to Bee’s comment as a prime example of the hypocrisy. Mediaite columnist Joseph Wulfsohn noted that Barr was fired in three hours after likening former President Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape, but TBS has remained silent on Bee.

“If that's not a double standard, I don't know what is,” Wulfsohn tweeted.

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer added, “Compare ABC’s reaction to Roseanne Barr’s tweet [with] TBS’s non-reaction to Samantha Bee and you’ll see a double standard in action.”

It all started when Ivanka Trump was criticized this week by the left for a snap she shared of her hugging her son amid reports the Office of Refugee Resettlement lost track of 1,500 immigrant children in the last three months of 2017. Many Trump critics buttressed their claim with photos of illegal immigrant children in what looked like in cages, only to be embarrassed when it turned out the pictures were taken during the Obama administration.

Bee weighed in on Wednesday night on her TV show with a crude attack on the first daughter.

“You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c---!”

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called the comment “vile and vicious,” while also noting the clear double standard.

“The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling. Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network,” Sanders told Fox News.

Bee defenders were quick to label these takes as “whataboutism,” although few on the right were defending Barr's comments. Most were simply pointing out that a double standard clearly exists regarding how celebrities who say awful things are treated.

The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh wrote that Bee's comment was “not an off-the-cuff tweetstorm, we should note. This was a written, planned, and produced monologue on Bee's TBS show… She should be fired immediately. And we should demand that she be fired.

Bee’s show “Full Frontal” airs on TBS, an asset of Turner Broadcasting System, which also owns CNN – the network Presidennt Trump regularly mocks as “fake news.”

CNN even condemned Bee’s comment, with anchor Poppy Harlow calling the comment “incredibly offensive” and saying the c-word is “never okay to say to someone” on Thursday morning.

Later in the morning, CNN political commentator Keith Boykin essentially blamed Trump for Bee’s vulgar comment about Ivanka.

“I think that the larger point here that is missing is the culture that is being generated from the president,” Boykin said.

Despite Boykin's spin, dozens of media members and celebrities took to Twitter to chime in on Bee’s comment. 

TheWrap media editor Jon Levine asked, “Can we talk about what would have happened if Roseanne had called Malia Obama a c---?

Conservative commentator Mark Levin called Bee “disgusting” and said she should be fired immediately and NBC's Megyn Kelly asked, "How is this acceptable?"

“And how are we expected to take any of these publications seriously if they gleefully repost something like this at the same time they (rightfully) condemn @therealroseanne? You know the saying Love is Love? Well, Hate is Hate,” Kelly added.

Political commentator Ryan Fournier wrote, “Bee called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c*nt” and some are defending this? You’re the problem with Hollywood. What happened to civility? She needs to be fired.” Free Beacon reporter Natalie Johnson joked that "Samantha Bee calling Ivanka Trump a c*** in reference to a picture she posted with her son is so woke, I can't believe people decry media bias!!"

Former presidential candidate Herman Cain directed a tweet at TBS, writing, “shall I assume the Samantha Bee cancellation news will come later today?”

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Samantha Bee referred to First Daughter Ivanka Trump as a “feckless c---t” on Wednesday night.

Comedian Tim Young wrote, “So Samantha Bee shattered the glass ceiling of letting people call women the awful c word... we can all do that now, right?”

Young added, "Could you imagine the INSANITY if Chelsea, Sasha or Malia were called what Samantha Bee called Ivanka?"

Radio host Erick Erickson chimed in, “All the progressives in my timeline telling me the Roseanne situation and Samantha Bee situation are not comparable will, I’m sure, be fine when Trump supporters start calling Clinton, Warren, Pelosi, etc. the same as what Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump.”

Earlier this week Sanders addressed news that Disney CEO Bob Iger reached out to Valerie Jarrett, the former adviser to President Barack Obama, after ABC cancelled the “Roseanne” show because of Barr’s racist comment about Jarrett. Sanders said President Trump wants to know why Iger hasn’t apologized for the “horrible things” said by its anti-Trump personalities like Keith Olbermann, Jemele Hill and Joy Behar.

Speaking to reporters, Sanders said Trump was “simply pointing out the bias” and “hypocrisy in the media.” She said “the most horrible things” are said about this president and “nobody addresses it.”  

Fox News media guru Howard Kurtz seemed to agree with Sanders and said on "America's Newsroom” Thursday that Bee's comment is a "shining example of viciousness" but there has been "no uproar" against TBS to this point.

"It's the worst word in the English language that you can use to describe a woman. ... Instead it's being reported as, 'Wow, did you see what Samantha Bee said?' The media's outrage against Roseanne, which is justified, is kind of very selective and I'm not seeing it against Samantha Bee," he said. 

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.