Comedian Samantha Bee decided to take Planned Parenthood funding into her own hands recently when she launched the “nasty woman” t-shirt campaign that aimed to keep “Planned Parenthood afloat one t-shirt at a time.”
The campaign took off and even garnered the support of Hillary Clinton, a feminist icon and Planned Parenthood supporter, who inspired the t-shirt’s message as it was one of the insults then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hurled her way during last year’s contentious presidential election.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 11, 2017
The campaign’s description read: “By getting this exclusive “Nasty Woman” shirt (and/or hoodie), you’re joining Samantha Bee and countless other smart, fearless women and men in supporting Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County, standing up for women’s (aka, human) rights and helping to pave the way for a brighter future. This is such an incredible time in our country’s history. Don’t you want to look back on it with pride, knowing that you helped make a difference? We do! Join us and let’s make it happen.”
The campaign became so successful that Bee was able to raise more than $1 million for Planned Parenthood by selling her $25 t-shirts.
“We did break $1 million,” Bee told the Hollywood Reporter. “Our fans really stepped up — and people all over the world. We’re really floored.”
Bee’s campaign comes as congressional Republicans attempt to defund Planned Parenthood of taxpayer monies as they work to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a free-market alternative. Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million in taxpayer funds annually and is the nation’s largest provider of abortions.
Between 2015-2016, Planned Parenthood aborted nearly 330,000 unborn babies, according to its annual report.
And while Bee’s campaign accomplished its intended purpose, the campaign also had some unintended consequences. Given how quickly Bee was able to raise a large sum of money for the controversial organization, many wondered why Planned Parenthood needs any taxpayer funds at all:
now they don't need any tax money
also, her TV show is terrible
— [REDACTED] (@PantsFreeToo) July 15, 2017
Well lets pass this on to D.C., you just shown that there is no longer a need for this program to be funded by tax payers dollars! Awesome !
— Instructor Pilot (@instructor343) July 15, 2017
So glad you don't need my money anymore!
— Grateful Mom (@jenladkins) July 15, 2017
No need for Federal $$ #DefundPP
— Sally Konn (@RealSallyKonn) July 15, 2017
So they don't need all our tax money after all?!? Pure genius.
— Michael (@MDSICT) July 15, 2017
— KatPhish (@DrKornFlake) July 15, 2017
So…guess they font need tax dollars. You guys will happily fund them
— Joey Solomon (@hmsromano) July 15, 2017
So this means @PPact doesn't need taxpayer money for murdering babies. Awesome!
— Mary Quite Covfefe (@Yellow_Rose41) July 15, 2017
Cool. No more need for tax dollars. And the blood and souls are on her conscience.
— Maria Block (@B24Maria) July 15, 2017
Fantastic. Now stop using my tax dollars to fund the butcher palace!!
— ClemsonGrl (@liberty_grl) July 15, 2017
I guess they've now replaced some of their campaign donation $. PP should not receive federal funding.
— Stephanie (@CitizenVexxed) July 15, 2017
The case for eliminating public funding is made! Thanks Samantha!! #DefundPP
— Mike Bullard (@bullimusmaximus) July 15, 2017
Soooooo they need my tax dollars why???
— Sean (@sedmundsSVC) July 15, 2017
Congressional Republicans are aggressively pursuing removing taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood. Senate Republicans, in their Obamacare replacement plan revealed last month, pledged to defund Planned Parenthood of taxpayer funds for one year.