If you needed another name for Samantha Bee’s TBS show “Full Frontal,” you could probably just use “Smug Liberals Laugh at Conservatives” and get the point across quite well. But according to the comedian herself, the arrogance that exudes from every half-hour of her TV program has nothing to do with the political divisiveness in today’s America. In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper this weekend, Bee said that she wasn’t even slightly interested in winning over conservatives.
“I do the show for me and for people like me, and I don’t really care how others see it, quite frankly,” she said. “We need catharsis, a place to analyze things in a different way. We see things through a different filter. We just need to break it down.”
If you’ve ever had the misfortune of watching Bee’s show, you’ll know she’s not kidding when she says that her viewers/writers see things “through a different filter.” Presumably (although Bee is white), this filter shows them a world where white people are the country’s one great evil, closely followed by Christians, Republicans, and straight men, though the order may be changed up on any given day. She’s one of those liberals for whom the problem with the Democratic Party is that they aren’t far ENOUGH to the left. But she’s also one of those feminists who thinks that Bernie Sanders only came to prominence because college-aged liberals couldn’t bring themselves to support (gasp!) a woman. In other words, she’s one of those liberals who thinks that everyone else is wrong. There’s a word for that kind of individual…
“Is there a smug liberal problem?” Tapper asked, hitting the nail on the head.
To which Bee naturally replied, “I don’t think there is.”
Well of course not, because Bee doesn’t see a Democratic Party overrun by her brand of “smug liberalism.” She sees herself to the left of every man, woman, child, and Communist in America.
Which is perhaps appropriate, since she is a Canadian.