Like many in Hollywood, Samantha Bee took to Twitter Thursday during the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing of former FBI Director James Comey… and now she’s the one under fire.
Responding to a Donald Trump, Jr. tweet questioning why Comey continued to take Trump’s phone calls if he told Attorney General Jeff Sessions he didn’t want to be left alone with the POTUS, the “Full Frontal” host wrote, “This is basically a domestic abuse case.”
Sen Blunt: If you told Sessions you didn't want to be alone with Trump again, why did you continue to take his calls?
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 8, 2017
This is basically a domestic abuse case.https://t.co/33P8mFvnfy
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) June 8, 2017
And the fire Twitter firestorm began. Soon after Bee’s tweet was posted, Twitter users reacted. “As someone who has friends that have been victims of domestic abuse, you should be ashamed of yourself for drawing this correlation!” one user tweeted. Others chimed in, saying that it was offensive to use domestic abuse as a joke.
As someone who has friends that have been victims of domestic abuse, you should be ashamed of yourself for drawing this correlation! #SHAME
— Dan Wittmers (@danwittmers) June 8, 2017
Well, I'm an abuse survivor who doesn't like my experience being trivialized. This isn't the same at all. This isn't a very feminist take.
— Oddly Enough (@TraceOddity) June 8, 2017
playing domestic abuse for laughs is unfunny to a lot of women
— Sandra Stephens (@sandrastephens) June 8, 2017
— Jacqueline Green (@jackiecampbell_) June 8, 2017
Loathsome commentary from a loathsome "human"
— Philip Semen Hofmore (@MeOnTheShowUs) June 8, 2017
Others still came to Bee’s defense.
I experienced domestic abuse in my first marriage. I have zero problem with her comparison. The more it's discussed, the better.
— Jana (@Janagrams) June 8, 2017
This isn't trivializing domestic abuse, but rather highlighting the lack of consent Donald applies to every person & situation in his life.
— Nasty Women Persist (@beamish_girl) June 8, 2017
And others still just didn’t care.
Dumbest thing I've read all day today.
— Sarah Covert (@SarahCovert81) June 8, 2017
Is she famous for anything I would recognize? #whydoicare
— Chad Jackson (@fredmNstuff) June 8, 2017
As of the time this article was published, Bee hasn’t responded to the backlash.