Sa­man­tha Bee pin­points the sex­ism plagu­ing Clin­ton

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT - Jo­hanna Sch­neller

The show: Full Frontal with Sa­man­tha Bee, Oct. 31 The mo­ment: The Obama in­ter­view

“Thank you for join­ing us for our Hal­loween in­ter­view,” host Sa­man­tha Bee says to U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama. “This year I’m go­ing as a witch.”

“That’s not a witch cos­tume,” Obama says about Bee’s red dress.

“I’m a woman on tele­vi­sion and I’m over 40, so I’m al­ready in cos­tume,” she says. He shrugs and nods.

“If and when Hil­lary is pres­i­dent, what do you think will be the fe­male equiv­a­lent of, ‘You weren’t born in this coun­try?’ ” she asks.

“The equiv­a­lent will be, ‘She’s moody’; ‘She’s be­ing emo­tional,’ ” he replies.

“There’s just some­thing about her?” Bee asks.

“When men are am­bi­tious, well, of course they should be,” Obama says. “When women are am­bi­tious, why? That’s con­trib­uted to this no­tion that she’s some­how hid­ing some­thing.”

Tues­day, at last, the psy­chotic U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion will end. Bee has ex­celled at ex­pli­cat­ing the in­her­ent sex­ism that plagued Clin­ton’s cam­paign. She’s done that with her in­ter­views (in this same episode, she speaks to fe­male Euro­pean lead­ers who are baf­fled by the U.S.) and by re­lat­ing her own par­al­lel ex­pe­ri­ences.

Back in her sec­ond episode, Bee showed a Pho­to­shopped im­age of Clin­ton mak­ing a speech. Notes on her arms read, “Don’t be c---y” and “shrill = bad.”

“What a co­in­ci­dence,” Bee said. “TBS just gave me that same note.”

Bee ac­cu­rately dubbed Clin­ton “a barely con­tained clus­ter of frus­tra­tion.” Bee is too, about the in­tractabil­ity of misog­yny. Her mis­sion is to ham­mer away at that, week af­ter week. Shrill = good. Full Frontal with Sa­man­tha Bee airs on the Com­edy Net­work. Jo­hanna Sch­neller is a me­dia con­nois­seur who ze­roes in on pop-cul­ture mo­ments. She usu­ally ap­pears Mon­day through Thurs­day.


Sa­man­tha Bee’s mis­sion is to ham­mer away at the in­tractabil­ity of misog­yny, week af­ter week, writes Jo­hanna Sch­neller.

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