OPINION: Don’t Back Down, Samantha Bee

Ivanka Trump is a feckless cunt and Samantha Bee should not have had to apologize for (accurate) name-calling when her target’s father is perpetuating unconscionable human rights violations.

The family princess is in a position of incredible power and influence and has chosen to use it to build her business in China rather than convincing her father to stop the horrific, immoral, and inhumane practice of separating children from their parents at the border.

We have got to establish as a country the fact that name-calling is not equivalent to spewing racist bigotry — Roseanne Barr’s horrendous, racist tweet about former Obama aid Valerie Jarrett is not comparable to Bee calling Trump the “c-word.”

If you haven’t heard yet, comedian Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a “feckless cunt” on her show, Full Frontal, in response to a wildly tone-deaf photo that Trump shared of her and her child only days after it was revealed that the U.S. government lost 1,500 immigrant children and is planning on doubling down on its practice of separating children from their parents at the border.

Naturally, conservative white America lost their damn minds — not about the immigrant children or Trump’s photo, of course, but at the name-calling.

For the purposes of not enraging myself, I’m going to leave aside the fact that the current President of the United States of America was caught on tape saying that he routinely grabs “women by the pussy,” and, for now, choose not to acknowledge the blatant hypocrisy his supporters are now showing.

Twitter user @thomas_violence quickly went viral after posting a particularly insightful tweet Thursday:

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In 1996, Australia experienced its worst-ever mass-shooting in Port Arthur, in which 35 people were killed and another 23 were injured.

Immediately following the shooting, the country enacted sweeping gun control measures that have since virtually eliminated mass shootings in Australia.

The point that @thomas_violence is so articulately making is that the people of the United States are actively choosing to be aggressively upset over trivial words rather than the ongoing violence, human rights violations, and general demagoguery that are all reaching critical levels in this country.

The reason nothing ever changes in this country is because we as a people choose to ignore the changes that need to be made.

Rather than putting our fury and anger behind the cause of the 1,500 immigrant children that our government has lost and or trafficked, we’re choosing to focus on the insult that a comedian used against the president’s daughter.

Instead of rallying behind the movement for common sense gun legislation in light of the 143 mass shootings that have happened so far in 2018, resulting in 212 fatalities and 500 injuries, we’re choosing to demand that a comedian be fired for criticizing a politician.

Until we choose to pay attention, until we choose to prioritize what actually matters, until we choose to act, nothing in this country will change except for the amount of money in the Trump family bank accounts.

And until the American people find it in themselves to make those choices, we desperately need people like Samantha Bee who are brave enough to call it like it is.

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