Rep. Michele Bachmann said NBC owed her an apology and said the offensive song the house band played during her appearance Monday on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” was sexist.
Bachmann, R- Minn., a GOP contender for president, said the network’s lack of apology was a double standard and that had Michelle Obama been on stage, the band’s drummer who chose the song would be suspended or fired.
If “that had been Michelle Obama and that song had been played, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized,” Bachmann told Fox News Channel today.
At an appearance on the show Monday, Bachmann took the stage while the band, the Roots, played the refrain from the song “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.”
Bachmann attributed the lack of an apology by NBC to a “bias on the part of the Hollywood elite and sexism as well.”
She said playing such a song “wouldn’t be tolerated if it was Michelle Obama and shouldn’t be tolerated for a conservative woman.”
“This is an outrage,” she added.
Show host Jimmy Fallon tweeted an apology late Tuesday night, writing: ”I’m honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I’m so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back.”
The drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson released a statement through his spokeswoman Tuesday calling the song choice “tongue in cheek.”
“The performance was a tongue-in-cheek and spur of the moment decision. The show was not aware of it and I feel bad if her feelings were hurt. That was not my intention,” Thompson said.
NBC, however, has not issued an apology and requests for comment from NBC were referred to Thompson’s personal representatives.
Bachmann did not comment on the incident all day Tuesday, telling Fox she was preparing for Tuesday night’s CNN debate.
However, a Democratic House colleague, Rep. Nita Lowey, came to Bachmann’s defense and called the song sexist.
Earlier Monday, Bachmann was asked on NBC’s “Today” show whether she believed she had been treated unfairly by the media, particularly in a CBS debate last week, because she is a woman. CBS accidently sent her campaign an internal email that said she would not be asked many questions during the debate.
“Sometimes you wonder about that,” she said. “I have no way of knowing.”