Trump calls for comedian to be fired for Ivanka slur

NEW YORK • US President Donald Trump has called for comedian Samantha Bee to be fired after she made a vulgar comment about his daughter Ivanka Trump on her cable television programme.

His remarks on Friday capped a week when a debate over the language used by two television stars became an unexpected proxy for the country's political divide, with Bee's liberal-leaning audience on one side, and fans of the sitcom Roseanne and its Trump-supporting star on the other.

On Tuesday, Walt Disney's ABC network cancelled a revival of Roseanne after its star Roseanne Barr made a racist remark in a post on Twitter, comparing a former top Obama administration official to an ape.

Mr Trump criticised ABC and Mr Bob Iger, chief executive officer of Disney, on Twitter, but did not address the content of Barr's comments.

He took exception, however, to Bee's use of a crude term for the female anatomy to describe his daughter Ivanka. Bee was discussing the President's controversial immigration policies during her show Full Frontal on Wednesday.

"Why aren't they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show?" Mr Trump said on Twitter on Friday. "A total double standard," he wrote.

Both Bee and the TBS cable network, which airs the show, apologised on Thursday.

The show immediately faced a backlash from some advertisers.

State Farm Insurance said it had suspended its commercials. Autotrader also suspended its sponsorship, calling the comedian's comments "offensive" in a statement.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 03, 2018, with the headline 'Trump calls for comedian to be fired for Ivanka slur'. Print Edition | Subscribe