In the last three weeks, Roseanne Barr, Samantha Bee and Robert De Niro all uttered statements ranging from improper to racist to vulgar. Yet there was a disparate difference in the treatment each received in the aftermath.
Barr's show was cancelled and she was vilified in the media. Likewise the stockbroker who complained about customers in Starbucks speaking Spanish.
Samantha Bee was generally condemned, but her show was not cancelled. And Mr. De Niro, who used the “F” bomb, received little more than a few minutes of headlines.
The latter two will hardly be denied any opportunities in the entertainment business, nor will any permanent marks be held against them.
In addition, the feminists and #MeToo movements were virtually silent towards Samantha Bee. No protests, charges of sexism, or demand she be dismissed.
One can only imagine what the reaction would be had a Republican, Trump supporter, or member of the president's staff had made the exact same comment.
In the world of entertainment, media and college activism, the punishment does not fit the crime. Instead, it correlates to the politics of the offender.
A Republican, Trump supporter, or conservative is publicly humiliated and then fired. While a Democrat or liberal gets little more than a slap on the wrist.