When someone’s a lyin’ ass bitch, someone has to say it
Jimmy Fallon could be pretty funny — I really have no idea. The dude is usually too busy laughing at his own jokes to hear the actual punchline. Last night, however, his Late Night show was the sight of something pretty interesting — the best political statement by a talk show house band. Ever.
The presence of The Roots is easily the best thing about Fallon’s show, but until now, their sense of humor had been fairly swept under the rug. They’ve appeared in sketches before, and they done some subtler commentary intros before, but there was no definitive proof they were any funnier than Paul Shaffer (less annoying, but not funnier). Until last night, that is. With noted child-hoarder and Presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann on the show, the band decided to give her a fitting introduction – as she walked on stage she was greeted with Fishbone’s classic “Lyin’ Ass Bitch”.
Now, the chances of Bachmann being familiar with a pissed-off late ’80s black ska-punk band are even lower than the chances of The Beast endorsing Michelle Bachmann, but for those in the know, it was an amazing moment. Almost as good as the time Conan O’Brien shot Jay Leno in the face with a tommy gun 10 times, then ripped his head off and displayed it to a cheering crowd. Oh wait, that never happened? I guess it was just a wonderful dream.
Anyway, now that this is happened, I have some strong words for anyone who might like to stick their nose into this: Let it go. This was just funny. We don’t need NBC suspending ?uestlove for two weeks. We don’t need every feminist blogger calling The Roots sexist because the song happened to include the word “bitch.” Really, it’s fine. It would be great if just for once in our lives we all admitted that something funny was just funny.
And really, this was a master class in awesomeness. Think about it, The Roots could have gone with something obvious, like Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You” or even Jet’s “Cold Hard Bitch” — but no, they dug deep and went with an obscure, and brilliant choice. Come to think of it, “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” comes from the same album as another classic Fishbone tune, “Party At Ground Zero”. I wonder if Fallon will have Giuliani on any time soon…