Earlier today, we noted Michele Bachmann's lighthearted appearance on "Late Night" with Jimmy Fallon. For the most part, it was benign, and culminated with Bachmann attempting a few jabs at her opponents during a comedy bit. Harmless, really. No room for claims of "gotcha" or media bias. But then we got word that Fallon's house band is boasting about the song it played for Bachmann's entrance music, "Lyin' Ass Bitch." And now you can be sure that a fairly innocent appearance is about to get much, much bigger.
In a tweet last night, the drummer for Fallon's band The Roots (whose Twitter picture shows him posing with Obama) sent out the following message:
And for those who didn't catch the entrance, a follow-up tweet had a more obvious reference:
Sure enough, if you watched the actual program, you would have heard it:
Note, however, that NBC pulled the video that was in the original post:
They have since put it back up:
As for Fallon, he responded with a vague quip on Twitter:
For the record, here's the original song:
According to the Washington Post, neither Bachmann nor NBC have responded (outside of pulling the video showing the incident).
Mediate, which notes that the band has done this before with other guests, responds:
As Spin points out, this isn’t the first time The Roots have used their song choices as commentary. Previously, they scored Ashlee Simpson’s appearance to a Milli Vanilli song and welcomed Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt with the song “Loser” by Beck. All of which is very funny. However, there’s a big difference in calling an MTV reality star a loser and calling a presidential candidate a bitch.
On his radio show Tuesday, Glenn Beck mentioned that he talked with Bachmann after taping the "Late Night" segment and she said that she felt it was a good segment and Fallon was fair.
We'll see if that changes.
This story has been updated with new information.