I happened to turn on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night and was surprised to see Michele Bachmann as a guest. And they seemed to be having a good, friendly conversation; it was enjoyable to watch.
That was before I learned about the message that Mr. Fallon's house band, The Roots (yes, I know they're famous for more than just being his house band, but that is what they are in regard to the show) sent with their intro music. As most people who watch late night television know, guests occasionally are greeted by the band with some sort of fitting music. Usually, it's pretty funny.
But it is certainly not funny to greet Michele Bachmann (or, really, anybody) with Fishbone's "Lyin' A** B****". (No, the real title does not have any asterisks in it)
Tasteless. Classless. I would not condone this type of behavior toward anyone.
And this was not a random occurrence. No, it was planned, per the tweet of Questlove of The Roots (and yes, this tweet was sent before Ms. Bachmann appeared):
Since this has come out (apparently most of the people I follow on Twitter aren't familiar with songs like this one, and neither am I), reaction has been swift on conservative fronts, at least. For example, Dana Loesch wrote, "I can’t wait for the day when progressive males can evolve to a higher intellectual level and debate conservative women on facts, not on sex." She then compared this incident (which, from what I have seen, has generated no reaction whatsoever from the MSM) with all the hand-wringing over the booing of Michelle Obama at a NASCAR event. Which is worse, booing someone or calling someone a bitch, really?
And Glenn Beck, for all his over-the-top antics, hit it on the head in his calling for Mr. Fallon to fire his band. Video courtesy The Right Scoop:
Do you think any other conservatives would want to be a "guest" on a show in which the band is going to be flat-out hateful? I don't.
And what does Jimmy Fallon have to say about this: not much.
I'm sorry, but I think there needs to be more said. An apology during tonight's monologue would be a good start. But only a start. It's time for a message to be sent that this type of behavior is not going to be blindly accepted anymore.