Jimmy Fallon's Band Didn't Owe Michele Bachmann an Apology (VIDEO)

jimmy fallon michele bachmannHow do I defend The Roots for the music they chose to serenade Michele Bachmann with when she appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon? Let me count the ways ... actually, I don't even have to bother. Because only one line of defense is needed here, and that's called Freedom of Speech.

Never mind the fact that Bachmann didn't even recognize the Fishbone song, "Lyin' Ass B#*ch," until somebody gave her a heads' up after the show. Or that, considering some of the staggeringly misinformed comments Bachmann has made in the past, she really isn't a position to throw stones.

Nope, I don't even have to go there! Because while both Jimmy Fallon and Questlove, drummer for The Roots, publicly apologized to the very-offended Bachmann, there wasn't technically a need.


"Freedom of speech" is defined as the freedom to speak freely, without censorship. Well, isn't that what The Roots did? And let's not forget the context of their little musical prank: On the set of a late (LATE!) night TV show. This wasn't prime time, it wasn't a political debate. Hello, has Bachmann ever seen Saturday Night Live? All bets are off after midnight, baby.

And I actually feel like The Roots showed a measure of restraint by choosing to insult Bachmann in a backhanded sort of way. Honestly, I think Late Night With Jimmy Fallon viewers would have been disappointed if Bachmann appeared on the show without incident.

So their sly approach (really, if you didn't know the song you wouldn't even realize what they were singing) was kind of perfect. Tactful, even. And, above all, well within their constitutional rights. Watch the video and tell me what you think ...

Do you think The Roots needed to apologize to Michele Bachmann?

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