Late-Night Host Samantha Bee Confesses She Holds Back on Jokes About President Biden
By Movieguide® Staff
TBS’ FULL FRONTAL host Samantha Bee did not spare any expense in mocking the former President Donald Trump. However, Bee confessed that President Joseph Biden would not get the same treatment.
In discussion with politically left journalist Dan Rather on his SiriusXM program, he asked whether Bee changed her approach to comedy related to the President.
“Do you, or do you not, find yourself sometimes at least tempted to kind of pull your punches?” Rather questioned. “In other words, you, myself, and a lot of people, more or less free-swingers against President Trump. But now that Biden is in, I don’t know, do you find yourself sometimes saying, ‘Oh boy, there’s a nasty comedy bit I can unload on Biden,’ but saying to yourself, ‘I approve of him so much I’m going to pull this punch?'”
Bee, who is candid about her dislike of former President Trump and his conservative views, said that she wants to be thoughtful in how she jokes about the current President.
“I can’t deny that that has happened, I think that’s probably true across the board,” the late-night comic said. “You’re like, ‘OK, well, we could be making jokes about the infrastructure plan,’ but in general, I’m like, ‘Wow, this is great.’ Why would I purposefully undermine something that seems to be a great idea, pretty much across the board?
“I don’t need to make jokes just to make jokes,” Bee added. “I like to make really targeted jokes. There are more worthy targets right now.”
Although Bee later said that she would not “shy away” from jokes about the Biden administration, the same amount of forethought did not occur during Trump’s time in office.
However, Bee’s criticism of conservatives is similar to other late-night comedians who support the democratic party. Meanwhile, other comedians have called out the left’s adherence to cancel culture and fear that it could ruin comedy.
Movieguide® previously reported:
In a recent interview, the British star[Rowan Atkinson] accused social media users and platforms of needless polarization and fears that the mob’s readiness to “cancel” someone could result in a direct attack on freedom of speech.
“The problem we have online is that an algorithm decides what we want to see, which ends up creating a simplistic, binary view of society. It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be ‘canceled’,” Atkinson told Radio Times.
Atkinson continued: “It’s important that we’re exposed to a wide spectrum of opinion, but what we have now is the digital equivalent of the medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn. So it is scary for anyone who’s a victim of that mob and it fills me with fear about the future.”
Other comedians like Jeff Foxworthy, Tim Allen, and Ricky Gervais have pushed back against cancel culture.