If there’s anything to learn in the past few years, it’s that some people (men) cannot apologize. But Wednesday night, Samantha Bee did the impossible and gave a solid, nuanced apology to Ivanka Trump for calling her a “feckless cunt.”

To back up, on last week’s episode of Full Frontal, Bee called Trump out for posting a photo of herself and her son, at a time when most people were talking about the migrant children who are being separated from their mothers at the border.

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Bee said, “You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another: Do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless cunt! He listens to you!” She then said, “Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to fucking stop it.”

The backlash was pretty immediate, and soon after, Bee tweeted an apology, writing, “I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”

Then this week on her show, Bee offered a full-fledged apology, saying, “It is a word I have used on the show many times, hoping to reclaim it. But this time I used it as an insult. I crossed the line. I regret it and I do apologize for it.

“The problem is that many women have heard that word at the worst moments of their lives, and a lot of them don’t want that word reclaimed, they want it gone. And I don’t blame them. I don’t want to inflict more pain on them. I want this show to be challenging and I want it to be honest but I never intended it to hurt anyone except Ted Cruz. Many men were also offended by my use of the word—I do not care about that.”

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She also said she was sorry that her joke took the attention away from the real issue at hand: immigration.

She said, “I hate that this distracted from more important issues. I hate that I did something to contribute to the nightmare of 24-hour news cycles that we’re all white knuckling through. I should’ve known that a potty mouth insult would be inherently more interesting to them than juvenile immigration policy. I would do anything to help those kids; I hate that this distracted from them. So to them, I am also sorry.”



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