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On Monday night, Michele Bachmann visited Jimmy Fallon’s late night talk show and his house band, The Roots, played a little music like they always do. But then it became clear yesterday that the song was called “Lyin’ Ass Bitch,” a 1985 ditty from the band Fishbone. (The Roots’ drummer Questlove tweeted a teaser that afternoon — “aight late night walkon song devotees: you love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. ask around cause i aint tweeting title” — that tipped people off.) This morning, Bachmann appeared on Fox News to say NBC owes her an apology and “that had it been Michelle Obama and that song had been played, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized.” Bachmann squarely named the song selection/title “sexism” (as did feminist bloggers).

And although I can’t believe I am saying this about Michele Bachmann or Fox News, I actually agree.

Jimmy Fallon at first joked on Twitter, “@questlove is grounded.” He then responded slightly-more seriously, tweeting an apology: “I’m honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I’m so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back.” Through a spokesperson, Questlove released a statement which read:

The performance was a tongue-in-cheek and spur of the moment decision. The show was not aware of it and I feel bad if her feelings were hurt. That was not my intention.

I don’t know, Questlove, that sounds like a non-apology apology to me. “I feel bad if her feelings were hurt,” really? What are you, a 16-year-old boy who just called a girl who cut him in the lunchline a slut? Neither man acknowledged — even obliquely, which is the galling part — that The Roots’ playing a song entitled “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” isn’t just rude or unking, but actually sexist. I think Michele Bachmann is as coo-coo-bananas as, well, a bunch of bananas, and I respect her a hell of a lot less than Mobama, but I agree with her sentiment that The Roots were offensive in a way that singled out her gender. If The Roots wanted to make fun of her, there’s a lot of other songs they could have played that didn’t bring her gender (or her race, or her religion, or what-have-you) into it. As blogger Megan Carpentier suggested on the Women’s Media Center blog, “Toxic” by Britney Spears would have been hilarious. And as music writer Maura Johnston put it in The Village Voice:

Sure, this was an attempt to turn a title/hook into a 15-second punchline (leaving out the lyric about the titular character also being a slut), but the fact that this woman was obliquely being called a “bitch” on national television, and that it’s an insult that would probably not be flung at her competitors, curdled any mirth that I might have felt. … She’s also the lone woman remaining in the field, which makes me wonder if Rick Perry or Rick Santorum would have been greeted by this particular Fishbone track had they been first to Fallon’s couch. The answer, sadly, is “probably not.”

Does Michele Bachmann have a point that it “wouldn’t be tolerated if it was Michelle Obama and shouldn’t be tolerated for a conservative woman”? Yes and no.  Don’t go acting like you and Sarah Palin are the only victims of sexism now. These two love to caw about the “liberal media” attacking conservatives, but I seem to remember that same “liberal media” denigrating Michelle Obama, a Democrat, as a ball-busting angry black woman who hated whitey. And don’t even get me started on Hillary.

But at the end of the day, Bachmann is in the right and The Roots — and by extension, Jimmy Fallon — are in the wrong. I don’t know if the network NBC at large owes her an apology (that request seems to be more about embarrassing the network), but in any case, NBC has not issued one yet.

[ABC News]

[The Village Voice]

[Women's Media Center]

Contact the author of this post at Jessica@TheFrisky.com. Follow me on Twitter at @JessicaWakeman.

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