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Nov232011

Bachmann: Fallon's 'Sexist' Song Slam Shows Media Double Standard

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann said NBC owed her an apology and said the offensive song the house band played during her appearance Monday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon was sexist.

Bachmann, R- Minn., a GOP contender for president, said the network’s lack of apology was a double standard and that had Michelle Obama been on stage, the band’s drummer who chose the song would be suspended or fired.

If “that had been Michelle Obama and that song had been played, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized,” Bachmann told Fox News Channel on Wednesday.

At an appearance on the show Monday, Bachmann took the stage while the band, The Roots, played the refrain from the song “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.”

Bachmann attributed the lack of an apology by NBC to a “bias on the part of the Hollywood elite and sexism as well.”

She said playing such a song “wouldn’t be tolerated if it was Michelle Obama and shouldn’t be tolerated for a conservative woman.”

“This is an outrage,” she added.

Rep. Bachmann isn't alone. In a statement, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., said, "I do not share Michele Bachmann's politics, but she deserves to be treated with respect. No female politician -- and no woman -- should be subjected to sexist and offensive innuendo like she was last night."

After an initial tweet making light of the situation -- saying drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson was "grounded" for the intentional slam -- show host Jimmy Fallon tweeted an apology late Tuesday night, writing: “I’m honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I’m so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back.”

Questlove released a statement through his spokeswoman Tuesday calling the song choice “tongue in cheek.”

NBC, however, has not issued an apology and requests for comment from NBC were referred to Thompson’s personal representatives.

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