Michele Bachmann responds to Roots' song choice
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says she accepts Jimmy Fallon’s apology for his house band the Roots playing the 1985 Fishbone song “Lyin’ A– B—-” as she walked in for her interview Monday, but she’s still waiting for NBC to issue one. Appearing on Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom this morning, Bachmann addressed the Late Night controversy: “I wasn’t aware of it at all. I didn’t find out until later yesterday, and at that point, I was traveling and making my way to the presidential debate,” she said. “I am hoping to be able to speak to Jimmy Fallon today. I don’t have anything against Jimmy Fallon. I love him, he’s a kick. It was a great opportunity to be on the show. I’d love to go back again. But I think the point is, if that had been Michelle Obama who had come out on the stage, and if that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her and likely they could have fired the drummer, at least suspended him. None of that happened from NBC. And this is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite, but it’s also, I think, sexism as well. This wouldn’t be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama; it shouldn’t be tolerated if it’s a conservative woman either.”
Asked what she would be saying when she reaches out to Fallon, who apologized for the “mess” on Twitter and said he enjoyed their interview, she reiterated, “Of course I accept Jimmy’s apology, but this really needs to come from NBC, and this is an outrage that happened.”
A rep for NBC did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.