Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is one of the most, "Oh my god, they went there" shows on television, and so is its Twitter account, and I thank the show for that. In light of so much horrible rhetoric not just coming from Donald Trump, but also his son, Eric Trump, Full Frontal has managed to tackle it all in one simple tweet.
It all started when Donald was asked how he felt about Roger Ailes, former Chairman and CEO of Fox News, resignation after numerous sexual harassment allegations were made against him. (Ailes has denied the allegations and called them "false and defamatory.") His response in an interview with Chuck Todd was, "Some of the women that are complaining, I know how much [Ailes] helped them ... Now, all of a sudden, they're saying these horrible things about him." Grit your teeth and clench your fists. It only gets worse. Trump followed up by saying, "I would like to think [daughter Ivanka Trump] would find another career or find another company if that was the case." But wait! The misogynistic tropes don't stop there! Eric joined in and echoed his father, telling CBS This Morning, "Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman" who "wouldn't allow herself to be subjected to that."
Someone, please save us from this ignorance!
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Samantha Bee! The Full Frontal anchor tackled not just the victim-shaming and harmful rhetoric about sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, but collectively slammed the entire Trump family, and even hunting culture, in her perfectly nuanced tweet.
This tweet has layers, and Bee's satire has a way of including every layer every time. Obviously the quote in the tweet isn't real, but it sums up what Trump said about his sister, only in terms of hunting that cheetah. The quote also stands for the disgustingly misogynistic mindset that makes it so common for victims to be blamed in light of sexual assault. Bee's tweet goes after the injustice involved in cases like Brock Turner's, because messages like the ones from both Trumps don't see the actual problem in men harassing women, but perpetuate the ridiculous idea that women ask for the harassment because of their looks or clothes or the fact that they're women at all. Bee understands how utterly baffling it is that ideas like this exist, and she makes the point of how ridiculous it would be for a cheetah to ask to be shot.
Bee tweeted a follow-up in response to many on Twitter not understanding the joke, claiming that she mentioned the wrong animal and how it was a leopard, not a cheetah. But since some Tweeps didn't understand the point at all, she tweeted this as well:
So, whichever tweet you appreciate more, there's no denying that the kind of critical and necessary satire Bee puts out there is what will help our country move forward. As long as there are people like her who aren't afraid to stand up to the ignorance, and have the frame of mind to pass along the right message about sexual assault or women's rights or anything the Trumps don't understand, we have a bit more of a chance as a country.