How Far is Too Far with Name Calling and Slurs?
In the last few days, Samantha Bee joins the long list of other men and women who have used negative slurs and swears to describe politicians and their families. On her show "Full Frontal", Bee attacks a newly posted photo of Ivanka Trump, the President's daughter, and her son. The photo depicts Ivanka hugging her son with the caption "my heart" was posted after the announcement of the Office of Refugee Resettlement "lost track of 1,500 immigrant children in the last three months of 2017." Using a derogatory and inexcusable slur (not writing it here, check out the article if you're that curious!), Bee slams Ivanka. Later, Bee posts an apology of Twitter to apologize for her "inappropriate and inexcusable" behavior.
This is not the first time the Trump family has been subjugated to extremely offensive. If you recall, Kathy Griffin took photos holding up a decapacitated and bloody head of President Trump. She received backlash from some and support from others but was ultimately shunned in her personal life and public career. Griffin appears again in this debate as she supports Bee's decision: "Please do not be hard on @iamsambee for apologizing. While I was hoping she wouldn’t, I know first hand what it’s like being put through the Trump wood chipper..what she’s going through right now is crazy. All for a bleeped word. Comics held to higher standards than the president." Not only does Griffin back Bee's comments, but many other celebrities do as well such as Sally Field, Billy Eichner, and Lisa Bloom.
It worries me that some people seem to disregard and purposefully offend others by using inexcusable slurs. In reporting and talk shows, there should be an underlying respect for the individuals they are discussing, even when the hosts themselves do not agree with their views. It is unfortunate that political divisions bring out negative attitudes and ugly words from others.
Regardless of your opinion of Ivanka or the Trump family in general, there must be limits and consequences for posting incredibly vile photos or making appalling comments on social media or in person. The amount of support that Bee has received after this comment is starling and from my perspective, concerning as well. I want to know - what do you think? Do you think that there should be limits on "how far" talk show hosts and reporters can go when disagreeing with others?