What started as a subtle joke has now blossomed into a fetid and full-blown controversy involving a prominent hip-hop group, a female Republican Presidential candidate, NBC and, of course, Twitter.
It started when The Roots made the questionable decision to play Fishbone’s 1985 song, “Lyin’s Ass B-tch,” as Republican Presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann, was introduced on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
The group, which obviously takes issue with Bachmann’s less-than-sane political ideas, has been known to slyly interject their own commentary by using select songs to intro guests.
But after learning the title of the song a day later, Bachmann, her supporters and the some of general public as well seemed to take issue with the group’s choice of song. Here’s Questlove commenting on the debacle in a recent interview with Pitchfork:
“…I really didn’t think about how it could be perceived as a misogynist swipe– it didn’t hit me until my [Twitter] timeline started showing up that it was seen that way. I was like, “F–k, I forgot ‘b-tch’ is actually in the title.”
To quote Rick Perry, “Oops.” While most fans of The Roots probably overlooked the use of the word (hip hop has desensitized them to its proclivity to offend women, no doubt), others decided to vocalize their disapproval, especially Bachmann’s supporters, who, despite their denial of vaccines and other staples of modernity, actually know how to use Twitter. “I’ve seen some really colorful epithets in the past four days, but “n-gger f–khead ghetto stick” is probably the one that takes the cake… Blocking 3,500 tea party extremists [on Twitter] in a three day period is no fun,” said Questlove.
During Bachmann’s requisite Fox News appearance not long after the incident, she actually managed to make a good point, “… if that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her and likely they could have fired the drummer.”
In the end, Bachmann’s camp decided to let the debacle go, but it seems The Roots managed to pull-off the exact opposite of their initial intention and actually made Michele Bachmann look good.