The Roots took a shot at Michelle Bachmann with an interesting music choice for her appearance on the Jimmy Falon show Monday night. When the GOP presidential hopeful walked on stage, the band played the 1985 Fishbone song “Lyin’ A** B****.”
Questlove, the band’s drummer, apologized saying, “The performance was a tongue-in-cheek and spur of moment decision. The show was not aware of it and I feel bad if her feelings were hurt. That was not my intention.” But before the show aired, he tweeted, “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.”
Jimmy Falon also took to Twitter to apologize to the politician who said she accepts the gesture. But NBC’s delayed apology, she said, is a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood elite. “If that had been Michelle Obama who had come out on the stage and 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 or at least suspended him,” Bachmann told CBS News.
NBC has since apologized to Bachmann for the not-so-subliminal shots that were thrown at her. Not many people have sympathy for the tea party champion, but she does have a point. If this was Michelle Obama, there would be rallys, protests, and boycotts underway by now. But then again, Bachmann isn’t the first lady.
What do you think about The Root’s choice of music? Typical snark or did they take it too far?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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