Late Night Sexism with Jimmy Fallon

This week, presidential hopeful and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) was a guest on NBC's “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. In an attempt to be "snarky," The Roots, Fallon’s house band, chose to play Fishbone’s song “Lyin Ass Bitch” as Congresswoman Bachmann crossed the stage.

The Root’s song choice qualifies as severe misogyny towards a woman running for the highest political office in the land. While not every American supports Congresswoman Bachmann’s politics, these types of sexist attacks are completely unnecessary. Congresswoman Bachmann has been the victim of sexism in the media before. Several times, actually. In addition to being deeply offensive, sexism in the media discourages many women from seeking political office, fueling an already problematic gender imbalance.

Jimmy, what are you going to do about the sexist attack against YOUR guest on YOUR show? We believe you, NBC, and especially The Roots owe Congressman Bachmann an apology.

Published by Kate McCarthy on 11/22/2011

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