A recent rash of so-called “bathroom laws” regulating trans people’s access to bathrooms have started popping up across the nation. Many musicians have responded by cancelling concerts in states like North Carolina, but Samantha Bee took a different approach on Monday’s episode of Full Frontal, examining the Tennessee lawmakers involved in their failed version of the bill.
First up, Bee focused on Jeremy Durham, one of the sponsors of Tennessee’s bathroom law who allegedly accumulated so many sexual assault complaints on Capitol Hill that he had to move to a different office building. There are no official accounts of bathroom harassment due to a transgender person, but Bee showed that complaints about Durham are well-documented in Tennessee, as is his letter in defense of a convicted child molester, which helped commute the criminal’s sentence from 20 to three years in prison.
“You know what they say: bros before … little people who can’t stick up for themselves?” Bee said.
Bee also went after state lawmaker Sheila Butt. While Durham championed Tennessee’s proposed transgender bathroom legislation, Butt’s claim to fame was trying to block a bill that would give rape and incest victims an exemption from the state’s 48-hour waiting period for abortions. Her reasoning was that rape claims are apparently “not verifiable,” but that’s not even Butt’s most controversial public statement. She also wrote on Facebook that “it is time for a Council on Christian Relations and an NAAWP in this country.”
“It doesn’t necessarily stand for what you think it does,” Bee said. “Maybe she’s just a fan of Walden Pond, or Wilson Phillips, or I don’t know, walrus penises. Yeah, that’s probably it: tell your friends that Sheila Butt just loves walrus penises.”
After mercilessly mocking Butt some more, Bee got down to the real message of the segment: “For God’s sake, do some research on your state legislators before you vote for them,” Bee said.
Watch the clip below.