When GOP presidential contender Michele Bachmann took to the stage on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Monday night, she was greeted to strange-sounding entrance music. As it turned out, it was a song called “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.”
Naturally, the choice of the song created an uproar, particularly among conservative bloggers, but also among those on the other side of the ideological spectrum from Bachmann. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) called the choice of music “insulting and inappropriate,” and called for an apology from NBC, Fallon and the Roots.
The choice apparently was made by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, bandleader for the Roots. who is not only a supporter and contributor to President Obama, but teased his choice in a tweet shortly after the show. On Tuesday, he was more conciliatory.
NBC and Fallon had no official comment, but directed reporters to a statement that Questlove issued.
“The performance was a tongue-in-cheek and spur of the moment decision. The show was not aware of it and I feel bad if her feelings were hurt. That was not my intention,” he said.
The incident will probably not slow the trek of contenders to late night talk shows (Daily Variety, Nov. 18), but it could quiet Questlove’s choice of provocative entrance music.
As Fallon said in his own tweet, “@questlove is grounded.”