Samantha Bee: People focusing on 'one bad word' instead of border crisis
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Samantha Bee says everyone is honing in on "one bad word" from the controversial "Full Frontal" segment this week in which she insulted Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpManufacturers group kicks off campaign to close the industry's skills gap Fed chief issues stark warning to Congress on deficits Rally crowd chants '46' for Donald Trump Jr. MORE, rather than focusing on immigration issues.

“We spent the day wrestling with the repercussions of one bad word, when we all should have spent the day incensed that as a nation we are wrenching children from their parents and treating people legally seeking asylum as criminals,” Bee said Thursday while accepting a Television Academy Honors award, according to IndieWire.

“Every week I strive to show the world as I see it, unfiltered. Sometimes I should probably have a filter. I accept that. I take it seriously when I get it right and I do take responsibility when I get it wrong," Bee told the crowd.


Bee's remarks came just hours after the TBS host apologized for a lewd dig aimed at President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE's 36-year-old daughter.

In a “Full Frontal” segment Wednesday that focused on separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, Bee slammed Ivanka Trump for a recent tweet showing the White House senior adviser embracing her young son.

“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---.”

The White House had blasted Bee's show as "not fit for broadcast" following the insult, and two of "Full Frontal's" sponsors announced they were suspending their ads.

In a Friday tweet, President Trump questioned why TBS wasn't "firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show."

"I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it,” Bee said in a Thursday statement. TBS also apologized for the language.

But while accepting the award on Thursday, Bee said the remark had overshadowed a much larger issue.

“Stories about 1,500 missing unaccompanied migrant children flooded the news cycle over the weekend,” Bee said. “So last night we aired a segment on the atrocious treatment of migrant children by this administration and past administrations. Sometimes even the ones who look best in swim trunks do bad jobs with things. Our piece attracted controversy of the worst kind."

“I can tell you, as long as we have breath in our bodies and 21 minutes of airtime once a week, repeats on Saturdays, that we as a show will never stop shouting [about] the inhumanities of this world from the rooftops," Bee continued, "and striving to make it a better place. But in a comedy way.”

—Justin Wise contributed.