Two days after “Roseanne” star Roseanne Barr went on a Twitter tirade that led to ABC pulling the plug on the hugely successful reboot of her show, TBS “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee went after White House senior adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump in a nasty attack.

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

“He listens to you,” Bee continued, discussing the administration’s immigration policy at the border. “Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f—ing stop it.”

Bee later apologized “for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night,” saying it was “inappropriate and inexcusable.” (The apology came after the recording of “Problematic Women.) But unlike Roseanne, Bee still has her show. Is there a double standard? That’s what we discuss in week’s edition of “Problematic Women.”

We also take on J.Crew’s new “feminist” t-shirt for young boys, where the clothing label teamed up with a text-based graphic designer who makes clothing featuring issues “ranging from women’s reproductive rights and push for equality to education and gun control.” And finally, we address the “Bachelorette” first impression rose going to a man who liked problematic posts on Instagram.

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  1. Taras Coolidge

     A Modest Proposal: Cancel Roseanne the actress and not Roseanne the TV show. 

     The show has a wonderful cast. Rename it The Conners and mention, from time to time, that the mother has unfortunately been committed to a sanitarium.

     … Though I am tired of the idea that racism is the ultimate sin, even worse than hacking two people to death, as the O.J. Simpson murder trial showed. 

     Until the Obama Justice Department suppressed them, the Federal government published statistics on race and crime every year. They showed, among other things, that two or three times as many whites are killed by blacks every year as the reverse. Over the years, all the lynchings that ever happened have been paid back several times over. 

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    • May 31, 2018, at 9:47 PM PDT
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  2. Nerina Bellinger Member

    I think the better comparison would be to imagine if the target of Roseanne’s tweet was Condoleeza Rice. Do any of us believe if Roseanne held the correct view on Trump and targeted a conservative black woman she would have had her show canceled? That’s the real double-standard we are talking about. It must have killed the ABC execs to see the success of the Roseanne reboot but I bet they are not lamenting the cancellation one little bit. Now they no longer need to cater to the “deplorables” and can rub elbows with the preferred people without having to apologize for the Roseanne product. Kira Davis, on Smart Girl Politics, made an excellent point in stating that the cast of Roseanne worked with Barr for years and knew her intimately. If they believed Roseanne was truly racist (more than an intemperate tweet for which Roseanne immediately apologized) would they have signed up for the reboot? Did they not have an inkling of Roseanne’s alleged racism? Regarding Samantha Bee – what she said was lazy and unfunny and suggesting a incestuous relationship between a father and daughter is, in my opinion, as disturbing as comparing a black woman to an ape.

    P.S. I didn’t even watch the Roseanne show so really have no dog in this fight except to point out the hypocrisy. I also fully support ABC’s decision to cancel any show it deems necessary. That’s its right just as the NFL, as a business, has the right to impose conduct rules on players. It will be interesting to see what TBS does.


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    • June 4, 2018, at 7:01 AM PDT
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