The Roots have some ‘splainin to do.
On Monday night’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” the band picked some inflammatory music for featured guest (and Republican presidential candidate) Michele Bachmann to accompany her walk onstage. 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.
As Spin points out, the Roots often use songs to express their feelings. Two notable examples are playing Milli Vanilli when notorious lip-syncer Ashlee Simpson came on the show, and introducing Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt with Beck’s “Loser.”
Both of those were tongue in cheek — and directed to fixtures of pop culture. This is a presidential candidate, congresswoman, woman and a foster parent to more than 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 “bitch” on national television.
If Fishbone had only come up with a ska song entitled “You Have Different Political Views Than Me — Many of Which I Find Utterly Misguided and Wrong — 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,’” Fallon and The Roots would not find themselves in this pickle. And it will be a pickle. A huge, massive pickle.
Bieber gets swabbed
Between appearances lighting Christmas trees in London and performing at the American Music Awards, Justin Bieber managed to find time to stop at a New Jersey lab to take a paternity test, according to TMZ. The Canadian pop star took the test in a lab under “very controlled circumstances” last Friday. Sources tell the website there is a solid chain of custody and the entire process was very well-documented, making it difficult for Mariah Yeater’s team to challenge the validity of the test.
The ball is now in Yeater’s court, as the 20-year-old woman — who claims Bieber is the father of her 4-month-old son — has to provide DNA from the child for comparison for the case to move forward.