Samantha Bee returns to late night television Monday, Feb. 8 as the host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS, the first late-night satirical news show hosted by a woman. Samantha was a long-time correspondent on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, where she became a powerful (and ironical) voice for women’s issues in America. Bee will certainly continue to speak out on behalf of women, but she will also be in a position to voice harsh criticism against a greater variety of issues. Take a look back at some of her best segments from her tenure on The Daily Show, and tune in to Full Frontal on Mondays at 10:30/9:30c beginning Feb. 8 on TBS.
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Amid claims that women should not serve in the armed forces because of how men would react in the line of duty, Bee apologized to men for the appeal of female bodies. “You guys can rape it or you can protect it, but you can’t ignore it,” she said, before trivializing sexual assault in the workplace, declaring that the expectation of rape is “just the way it is when you’re a woman intruding in a man’s world.”
John McCain Chooses a Running Mate
On the day John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, Samantha Bee appeared on the show to endorse McCain, because he so successfully pandered to all women. “As a proud Vagina American myself, I can tell you I’ll be voting for McCain in November.” Despite Stewart’s insistence that Palin is Hillary Clinton’s “ideological opposite,” Bee couldn’t help but support her because she is “her gynecological twin.”
Bee blasted fracking company Baker Hughes for their absurd use of pink drill bits to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. “Drill bits are doing more to cause cancer than to cure it” due to the toxic result of fracking. But Bee realized the real problem was that there wasn’t enough pink going around, because apparently awareness is much more important than donations.
RNC 2012: The Road to Jeb Bush 2016
Bee mapped the abortion debate onto the abortion platform as she asked Republicans at the RNC in 2012 how they could support Mitt Romney, who was fairly lax on abortion restrictions. The most popular answer? He has the right to choose his platform. So, Bee used this to get her subjects to use abortion rhetoric to describe their own platform, like that it “is not forced on everybody,” and “everyone has a choice” to support the platform.
Bristol Palin’s Choice
The 2012 convention was not Bee’s only foray into the abortion debate at an RNC event. In 2008, Bee took to the convention to ask supporters about Bristol Palin’s pregnancy. While they applauded her decision to get married and raise the baby, Bee pushed them to acknowledge Bristol’s choice to keep the baby. “She’s able to make the choice that she doesn’t want other people to have. Does that make sense?”
News I’d Like to F@#K
Bee called out the 24-hour news cycle for its almost exclusive use of attractive female anchors, saying, “this isn’t gussied-up or attractive news we’re seeing. This is news I’d like to f—k.” She even categorized the networks: “CNN has the wholesome girl-next-door NILFs, the kind you can bring home to meet your mother. MSNBC has the dirty-over-30 NILFs. Fox has the filthy NILFs who will report anything. They’re the Hustler of NILFs.”
Federally Funded Penis Pumps
Bee investigated the double standard in public healthcare laws as she discovered that, while women’s contraception continues to be a hot button issue with Republicans, penis pumps are covered by Medicare. In regard to the old men who passed these laws, she wondered, “What could all these grey-haired, old Rip Van Winkles possibly have to gain by not raising objections to peni—oh, I get it.”
The Plame Game
After Valerie Plame was exposed as a covert CIA officer, the ensuing scandal led Bee to allege the power brokers in Washington networked in a “system modeled after a sorority house.” As a result, the gossip fest could only be properly explained by a rehashing of Bye Bye Birdie‘s “Going Steady.”
Indecision 2010 â€“ Primary Victory for Women
As the media played down the trend of women winning primary elections away from incumbent men in 2010, Bee came on the show as an exhausted wife who has to fix everything the men broke. “No, it’s fine, honey, we’ll do it. You just go back to sleep. We were getting bored just holding down full-time jobs and raising our kids anyway.” Bee’s real-life husband Jason Jones made a welcome appearance as a hopeless, pants-less man.
In 2014, Bee reported on a loophole that allows child labor on tobacco farms. As teenagers in North Carolina told her about working 12-hour days in the hot sun from the age of 12, Bee had a hard time keeping the faÃ§ade going, eventually telling them, “You’re making it very hard for me to ironically support child tobacco labor.”
Looks like we can expect more of the same wit from the new show!