Samantha Bee Came After Harvey Weinstein the Way Every Late-Night Host Should Have

“In case you didn’t realize, it has been a huge week for women!” Samantha Bee snarked Wednesday night. “Starting last week, when America encountered this season’s second giant vortex of destructive moisture named Harvey.”

As the Full Frontal host blazed through a scathing monologue about the growing scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, some of her viewers—particularly women—likely felt the catharsis that other late-night programs have failed to deliver. Although in the past, after-hours comedians have fiercely tackled sex scandals surrounding subjects like Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes, most have been relatively silent when it comes to Weinstein. Thankfully, Bee delivered the monologue many viewers have been waiting for—a six-minute speech brimming with just-below-the-surface fury.

Bee began by reviewing Weinstein’s “all-about-mea culpa” of an initial response to the women accusing him of sexual harassment and assault, including this revelation: “I know a lot of people would like me to go into a facility, and I may well just do that—I will go anywhere I can learn more about myself.”

“Oh my god, I’m so behind on the slang,” Bee said. “Is ‘a facility’ what people call hell?”

Several Republicans have—as Bee paraphrased Donald Trump—”moved on the Weinstein scandal like a bitch for partisan gain,” self-righteously slamming Weinstein when they declined to attack conservative figures facing similar charges. For them, Bee had another reality check: “Yes, Weinstein is exactly as bad as Trump. I demand that we impeach Harvey Weinstein immediately. Call your representative in the Hollywood Congress and demand they act now.”

Unfortunately, as Bee pointed out, the news about Weinstein seemed to shock everyone but women, perhaps because sexual harassment is depressingly common—even in, say, Antarctica. “You can’t even go to the remote part of the planet without some dude swinging his cold, shriveled dick your way!” Bee fumed.

As Bee raged, the rest of late night once again apparently declined to address Weinstein, with the exception of Seth Meyers. He offered his own explanation for the delayed response to the Weinstein scandal at a PaleyFest panel on Tuesday: “You know, it happened on Thursday, and we only had a show on Thursday [before Monday],” Meyers told The Hollywood Reporter of the initial silence. “And I was not prepared to talk about something as tricky as sexual assault in a way that I felt would be appropriate that quickly. I felt we responded to it as fast as we respond to anything else.”

As for why so many shows continue to remain hushed on the subject, even as the scandal grows by the day? That one remains a mystery. Bee appears more than ready to pick up the slack, but it’s worth asking why she should have to.

“Listen up, creeps of Hollywood,” Bee said as she closed her monologue. “We know who you are. Weinstein isn’t the only cool Democrat lurking in film-festival hotels waiting to play a jolly masturbation prank. Women talk to each other. And we talk to journalists. And we talk to lawyers. It’s 2017. We don’t have to put up with this shit. We are coming for you. Talk to every woman you work with like she has The New York Times on speed dial. Well, I guess it took the Times a little while to take care of business—O.K. Talk to every woman like she has me on speed dial. My show is only once a week. I’ve got some free time.”

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