[Fiene] Dear Samantha Bee, rather than shrieking profanity take a tip from Will Smith's grandma

[Fiene] Dear Samantha Bee, rather than shrieking profanity take a tip from Will Smith’s grandma

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[The Federalist] Dear Willard, 

Truly intelligent people do not have to use words like this to express themselves. Please show the world that you’re as smart as we think you are. 

Love, Gigi

These are the words that Will Smith’s grandmother wrote to her then 12-year-old grandson after finding his f-bomb-filled journal of rap lyrics.

VIDEO: [Guardian News] Comedienne Samantha Bee’s infamous verbal assault on Ivanka Trump.


Granted, hip hop purists may question the musical intelligence of the man behind Willennium, but Smith’s wikki-wikki wild, wild worst transgressions only underscore Grandma Gigi’s point. Smith never had the temperament to be Ice Cube, but he could have lazily embraced vulgarity and settled for being one of the late 80s countless, instantly forgettable gangsta rap artists. Instead, he instantly embraced his grandmother’s wisdom, swore off swearing in his music and began putting more thought and effort into his craft. A few years later, Smith introduced the world to his goofy, family friendly persona and then parlayed the Fresh Prince’s popularity into a career so monstrously successful that he could more or less print money any time he felt like phoning in the theme song to his latest summer blockbuster. And mock his squeaky-clean image all you want, but by choosing cleverness over profanity, Will Smith gave us the greatest summer track of the 1990s (go get a cynicism colonic if you can’t enjoy it), a classic TV show that still merits its syndication run, and a number of furiously entertaining films. He also gained a net worth of $275 million in the process. Not a bad reward for listening to Grandma.

Recently, Samantha Bee, host of TBS’s Full Frontal, went on a tirade against Ivanka Trump for tweeting this sweet family moment while reports of her father’s family-separating immigration policies filled the airwaves and the internet. Bee had this to say: “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 c***! He listens to you! Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f***ing stop it.” For those keeping score, as punishment for the crime of loving her son while related to a Republican, Bee assigned Ivanka one F5 level misogynistic slur and one incest insinuation.

Both Bee and TBS have since half-apologized (sorry for the “c” word, silent on the “go seduce your dad” bit), but unlike Trump supporter Roseanne Barr, who recently hurled a racist tweet at Valerie Jarrett, Bee appears to be in no immediate danger of losing her show (though sponsors are dropping). Conservatives took note of the inconsistency, citing it as evidence of the rampant liberal bias of TV networks. This is, of course, entirely true, but Bee’s tirade is also evidence of something deeper — namely that Will Smith’s grandmother was right about profanity, intelligence, and artistic self-expression.

This article continues at [The Federalist] What Samantha Bee Can Learn from Will Smith’s Grandma

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