Just a disclaimer at the outset for anyone reading this thinking I’m going to fake outrage over hearing news that Jimmy Fallon’s cover band The Roots chose a song for Bachmann’s intro titled “Lying Ass Bitch.” I’m not.
The song begins with a distinctive “la la la la la la la la la” refrain — the only words audible before Bachmann, smiling and waving to the audience, sat down.
The song itself, about a relationship gone wrong, isn’t political. Among its cleanest lyrics: “She always says she needs you, but you know she really don’t care.”
Bachmann’s campaign had no immediate comment.
Fallon joked on Twitter that Roots bandleader Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson was grounded. The show itself didn’t have any comment.
The Roots frequently make sly, often obscure, song choices as Fallon’s guests are introduced.
When Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs came out, they played part of Genesis’ “Illegal Alien,” a reference to Dobbs’ frequent commentaries on the topic. Current TV host Keith Olbermann, formerly of MSNBC, heard part of Klymaxx’s “I Miss You.” Kathie Lee Gifford was saluted with UB40′s “Red Red Wine,” a reference to the drink she often shares on-air with “Today” co-host Hoda Kotb.
Sure, in life a little more “class” would certainly be desirable; but anyone who actually thinks Jimmy Fallon’s program is a reflection of real life, probably needs to reevaluate the things in life that really get their juices going.
And… any politician that makes an appearance on one of these programs takes the risk that something like this could happen. Whether it’s tough questions from Leno or a poor choice of background music, just about everything’s fair game. Said politicians are clearly trying to tap into a targeted audience by making an appearance on the program, so what happens as a result of that has to be part of the risk-reward calculation beforehand.
I had planned to post video of the appearance today and was dragging my feet getting around to it. Then while looking for a clean cut of the video, I stumbled upon the latest breaking story of the day that The Roots “welcomed” Bachmann to the stage by playing “Lying Ass Bitch.” I’ve posted the intro and the full video below. Watch it for yourself. Draw your own conclusions.
My takeaway here will probably disappoint some Bachmann supporters out there. I really don’t see the “story” here. Watching it myself, I can’t make out a single spoken word. I just hear music. For those with a sophisticated ear for such things, they may have heard the beat for a 1985 track by
some band I’ve never heard of Fishbone; but all I heard was some drums and a few other instruments.
Now I know some will say this was yet another attempt by the Left to paint Bachmann in an unflattering light – a cheap shot if you will that is aimed to derail a female Republican figures candidacy for President. To them I say – get a life. Questlove – the “leader” of The Roots is a clown. He makes jokes. He’s to Jimmy Fallon what Paul Shaffer is to Letterman. Did he know the song he/they were playing? Absolutely. Did he choose it intentionally? Absolutely. And he knew that only music geeks and people with way too much time on their hands would notice. So, if you’re outraged by the song choice; spend a few minutes figuring out which camp you fall in.
And remember… many of you probably love, love, loved you some Questlove when he was Tweeting this making NBC look less than politically correct.