The Roots Snub Michelle Bachmann on Late Night TV

The Roots Snub Michelle Bachmann on Late Night TV

On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the Roots played a song by the ska band Fishbone entitled “Lying A--- B----“ to welcome Michelle Bachmann.

Published November 23, 2011

When you walk into a room full of cheers and applause, sometimes it’s hard to know if the cheers are for you or against you. But the joke was on Michelle Bachmann Monday night when she visited Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and was greeted with a “special” welcome song.


As Bachmann walked on stage, the show’s in-house band, the Roots, played a song by ska band Fishbone called, “Lying A-- B----" all while the none-the-wiser GOP presidential hopeful smiled and greeted host Fallon.


Now that the song title has been revealed, Bachman is calling the move sexist and is asking for a formal apology from NBC, the network on which the show airs.


“I don’t have anything against Jimmy Fallon.... 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,” Bachmann said on FOX Wednesday morning.


“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,” she said.


However, Roots drummer ?uestlove said the song choice was all in good fun.


“The performance was a tongue-in-cheek and spur of the moment decision," he told The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog. "The show was not aware of it and I feel bad if her feelings were hurt. That was not my intention.”


But questlove did retweet a follower who praised the choice of music. “@questlove huge ups to the fishbone tune for Bachman on jimmy tonight. perfect entry song for her!”


During their stint as Fallon’s house band, the Roots have gained a reputation for their tongue-in-cheek use of intro music. When unabashed fan of plastic surgery Joan Rivers came to visit the show, the band played a rendition of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. And when tennis phenom Serena Williams graced the show one evening, the band chose to welcome her with E.U.’s go-go classic “Da Butt.”


All jokes aside, following the incident, Fallon took to twitter to apologize for the song choice and noted that “questlove is grounded.”

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Written by Naeesa Aziz


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