Sexism in Politics: “Lyin’ A** B*tch” Edition

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Though I disagree with Michele Bachmann’s politics… You know what? No. I’m not even going to preface this. Rep. Michele Bachmann was a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week. The show’s house band, The Roots, thought they’d be “snarky”with their choice of song for Bachmann’s entrance.

I’d say they missed the mark. They played “Lyin’ A** B*tch” by Fishbone. Though the band did not sing the lyrics (they played an instrumental version), the message was pretty clear.

It is beyond frustrating that a member of Congress and presidential candidate would be subjected to such a sexist and offensive outburst. If Jimmy Fallon or The Roots want to take issue with Rep. Bachmann’s policy positions or fact-check her statements (and yes, she has made false statements), fine. Do that. It needs to be done. But lets address the merits of these issues rather than reducing Rep. Bachmann to a sexualized object, shall we?

Jimmy Fallon has apologized. The Roots & NBC owe Rep. Bachmann an apology as well.

ABC’s Brian Montopoli has the story for ABC’s Political Hotsheet here.


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