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Did The Roots Diss Michele Bachmann?

Submitted by on November 24, 2011 – 12:03 amOne Comment

For more than two years, legendary hip hop band The Roots have performed as the house band for NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. House bands for late night shows never really seem to drum up much controversy, but leave it to hip hop’s first late night house band to do just that.

It all started when one of Fallon’s guests for the night, Republican presidential hopeful and non-factor Michele Bachmann showed up to chat with the late night host. The banter between them went over fairly well, but the walk out made the difference. On TV, bands usually conscientiously select walk-out songs for the guests and this time was no different. The Roots chose to play the song, “Lyin’ Ass B****” by 80s band Fishbone (scroll to 22:11 to see for yourself).

They only got out the opening lines of it, so the harm was not in any of the lyrics they performed, but in the fact that they chose that song – which is about a bitter relationship – to play when she walked out.

I, for one, never thought Bachmann was a liar. I think she sincerely means the incredibly stupid things she says.

Of course, this song was probably not well-known to the public before Bachmann’s appearance, and didn’t seem to be recognized by Bachmann or Jimmy Fallon, but we bloggers love to point out such things. Next thing you knew, the song’s identity spread like wildfire and Bachmann was outraged. Furthermore, she wants an apology – from the network – and says that Michelle Obama would’ve gotten one!

Somehow, I don’t think Michelle Obama would’ve elicited such a response from the band in the first place.

?uestlove offered an apology on behalf of the band.

“The show was not aware of it, and I feel bad if her feelings were hurt,” Thompson said. “That was not my intention.”

Fallon took to Twitter to address his feelings on the matter.

Hopefully, there is no more fallout from this event. The way things go with ill-delivered (or received) attempts at humor these days, The Roots might be out the door.

Source: Yahoo News

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