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Is the "C" word the equivalent of the "N" word?

Samantha Bee participates in AOL's BUILD speaker series to discuss her new TBS series "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" at AOL Studios on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

As we noted yesterday, Roseanne Barr had her top-rated program cancelled by ABC/Disney for a racist remark concerning a former senior adviser to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, tweeting that the “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj”.

ABC canceled its hit sitcom “Roseanne” on Tuesday after the show’s biggest star, Roseanne Barr, went on a racist Twitter rant.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.

Disney CEO Bob Iger added on Twitter that “there was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”

The cancellation stunned Hollywood. Industry veterans said they’ve never seen anything quite like it. The revival of “Roseanne” premiered to huge ratings just three months ago. Pre-production was already underway on a second season, which was scheduled for Tuesdays at 8 p.m. this fall.

But now the show is over. ABC was planning to air a repeat of “Roseanne” Tuesday night, but a rerun of “The Middle” will air in its place.

Barr’s talent agency, ICM Partners, also dropped her on Tuesday. “What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency,” the agency said in a statement. “Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client.”

Referring to a black person as an ‘ape’ has long been considered racist, though the left’s continued comparisons of the younger President Bush to a chimpanzee was apparently perfectly fine.

Had Miss Barr chosen to refer to Mrs Jarrett with the “N” word, there’d have been no doubt on anyone’s part that she should have been fired; ‘ape’ has slightly less history behind it, but people know what is meant.

So now we come to Samantha Bee.

Samantha Bee shredded Ivanka Trump — and not Roseanne Barr — in her opening monologue this week.

The TBS host opened “Full Frontal” calling out the president’s daughter for posting a cuddly photo of herself and her 2-year-old son as migrant families were torn apart on her father’s orders.

“Tearing children away from their parents is so evil it’s the inciting incident in almost every movie we’ve ever cared about,” Bee said.

She admitted that hundreds of migrant children had been lost in the immigration system under policies that predated President Donald Trump, but she hammered Ivanka Trump for overlooking the outrage to promote her own family.

“Ivanka Trump, who works at the White House, chose to post the second most oblivious tweet we’ve seen this week,” Bee said. “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*nt!”

“He listens to you,” she added. “Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to fucking stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, okay?”

Interesting how the Raw Story article was perfectly willing to spell out the “F” word, in gerund form, but censored the “C” word. Clearly, the author, Travis Gettys, considered the “C” word worse, and that may well be part of Raw Story’s editorial stylebook.

They wouldn’t be the only ones.

All of the women I’ve known who’ve ever spoken about the subject in my presence have stated that referring to women as the “C” word is about the worst insult that anyone can use toward them, and I agree with that. One woman with whom I worked for a dozen years was particularly profane — she was the only woman in an otherwise all-male central dispatch office, which was part of an almost all-male company — but let everyone know that that word was strictly off limits.

The “C” word reduces women to a vulgar reference to their genitals, a characterization that they are worth no more than their sexual services for men. To me, that means that the use of the word as a characterization of a woman is as demeaning as it is possible to be.

Miss Bee apparently realized the seriousness of her offense, and took to Twitter to apologize:

One wonders whether she was told to do this, or it was made on her own initiative, in hopes of keeping her job. Miss Barr apologized as well, but it didn’t save her from getting canned.  Since Miss Bee has admitted that her insult was “inexcusable,” will Turner Broadcasting System/Time Warner excuse it anyway, or will she join Miss Barr on the unemployment line?
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Cross-posted on The First Street Journal.