The Roots got some ‘splainin to do.
On Monday night’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” the band picked some inflammatory music to greet featured guest (and Republican presidential candidate) Michele Bachmann. The song they picked? “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” by Fishbone.
And it wasn’t a slip-up. ?uestlove even told fans and followers to pay attention via Twitter. “aight late night walkon song devotees: you love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. Ask around cause I aint tweeting the title,” he wrote. Then, he even took it a step further by tweeting a link to the album and making fans guess which song they picked.
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As Spin points out, The Roots often use songs to express their feelings, playing Milli Vanilli for notorious lip-syncer Ashlee Simpson, and introducing Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt with Beck’s “Loser.”
Both of those were tongue in cheek — and directed to fixtures of popular culture. Bachmann is a presidential candidate, a congresswoman, and a foster parent to over 23 children. No matter what you think of Bachmann’s political views, it's offensive that a house band would sneakily suggest a woman is a “b-tch” on national television. How The Roots thought this was remotely acceptable is beyond belief.
If Fishbone only had come up with a ska song entitled: "You Have Different Political Views Than Me — Many of Which I Find Utterly Misguided and Wrongheaded — But We Live in a Country Where We Are Allowed to Have Different Beliefs and So We Will Just Agree to Disagree. Also, It is Not Polite to Call a Woman a 'Bitch,'" then Fallon and The Roots would not find themselves in this pickle. And it will be a pickle. A huge, massive pickle.
Get the "I'm Sorry" trombones ready, Roots.
Do you think The Roots will lose their "Late Night" gig because of this?