American Rhetoric: Bachmann’s Bellyache


Michele Bachmann (l.) with late night host Jimmy Fallon on Monday night's show.

    It really says a lot about where we are as a culture, and what we devote our attentions to that people are actually taking Michele Bachmann’s candidacy seriously. It would seem to me that the more reasoned among us would have discounted her by now, due to her alliances with Tea Party neo-conservatives, her ignorant stance on waterboarding, her misconceived notion that she can fund government on little to no taxation and her penchant for the “dramarama.” Now, another in a long laundry list of played-up situations sees Michele whining about something which to her, is “no laughing matter.”

     Michele Bachmann it seems, was the unwitting victim of some Monday night shenanigans on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Now, everyone who has been following the news already knows what happened, but for those who do not, I’ll do my best to give you, my fine young readers, the “long and short of it.” When Ms. Bachmann was introduced by Jimmy Fallon, the house band, led by drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, “played her in” with the refrain from a song by a group named Fishbone. The name of the song? “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.” Of course Michele, not being a fan or listener of Fishbone, was completely unaware of the lyrical content or title of the tune that was being played until after her appearance on the show.

     Since this stunt was pulled, host Jimmy Fallon has issued a short apology via his Twitter account. (1) We, ever the news-hungry populous have now become aware that this stunt was cooked-up sometime before Ms. Bachmann walked on-stage, as this was “tweeted” by the drummer to his fanbase before the show went to air. (2) Now, Michele Bachmann is demanding an apology from NBC, stating that if this had happened to Michele Obama, that she’d have received one by now. (3) (As of this writing, we haven’t heard anything from the network.) A few politicians have also weighed in on this, with congresswoman Nita Lowey (D, NY) stating that while she does not share Bachmann’s political views, “she deserves to be treated with respect. No female politician – and no woman – should be subjected to sexist and offensive innuendo like she was last night.”

     (Soapbox=ON) In my not-so-humble opinion, I think Michele needs to just let this one lie. The argument “if this had happened to the First Lady” is moot point. She’s the First Lady, while Michele Bachmann is just a candidate, therefore subject to far more scruitiny and vetting in the media. Aside from that fact, Bachmann’s far-right allegiances and leanings, and stances on such things as waterboarding are bound to bring some very intense ribbing from those on the other side of the political aisle. I think it would look a lot better for Michele to take the approach of, “It would be great if NBC would issue an apology, but I’m not going to sweat it excessively, this is politics and things like this, while regrettable and distasteful, are bound to happen sometimes.”


One comment on “American Rhetoric: Bachmann’s Bellyache

  1. …and NBC caves;

    …and again, Michele Bachmann’s squeaky wheel gets greased. smh.

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