NBC apologizes to Michele Bachmann

NBC apologizes to Michele Bachmann

St Paul : MN : USA | Nov 23, 2011 at 11:13 PM PST
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Michele Bachmann at Calvary Bible Church

Republican presidential contender, Michele Bachmann got the apology she requested from NBC.

Doug Vaughan, vice president for late night programming at the peacock station, sent the Minnesota congresswoman a personal letter, a day after she appeared on the Jimmy Fallon Show. During her appearance the show’s band The Roots played a snippet of a 1995 Fishbone song titled “Lyin’ Ass B----” as she walked on stage to meet Jimmy Fallon.

Bachmann, who appeared on the show to promote her book “Core of Conviction” was completely unaware of the lyrical jab as she walked on stage.

After the matter was called to her attention she asked that the network apologize. Fallon issued an apology to Bachmann , as well as, bandleader, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. The bandleader said the song was a “tongue-in-cheek” and “spur-of-the-moment decision.”

According to Alice Stewart, Bachman’s spokes woman, in Vaughan’s letter he said the incident was “not only unfortunate but also unacceptable” and that the band had been “severely reprimanded.”

Other women weighed in on the controversy including Congresswoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y. She said in a statement that she shares little in common with Bachmann politically, but called the song "insulting" and "inappropriate."

Chloe Angyal, a feminist editor agreed, adding “It's never acceptable to call a woman a bitch. Period. Challenge Bachmann on the issues all you want, fact check her, call her out on her dishonesty. Do not call her, or anyone else, a bitch."

I applaud the actions of NBC heads to issue an apology. Although it is alleged NBC top brass has “severely punished the band, I am not certain what that meams. Especially, if they were on the air the following night. Fallon tweeted that the band had been grounded. Who knows? Nevertheless, an apology was issued as a result of a stupid action. What is sad is the band felt comfortable with their actions for they tweeted about it before the show.

What is happening in our society? Where is civility? This isn’t the only incident taking place this week. Just the other day the first lady, Michele Bachman, and Jill Biden, the second lady, were booed by a crowed at a NASCAR event in Florida. Talk show host Rush Limbaugh, said the crowds actions was a result of the first lady acting “uppity.” What? What is in the water? All this talk about bullying and respecting people who are different and then this?

America has become so political that we are no longer people. Can we not agree to disagree without acrimony? Do we no longer have the ability to think rational? We use the constitution as a way to prove our own points that make us feel good. Where does it end and when does it stop?

Is America the beautiful becoming America the ugly? Could we be seeing the fall of a once great nation?

On beautiful for spacious skies...

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Jimmy Fallon, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson,  Michele Bachman
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