The Roots’ Questlove is still feeling the heat over grossly insulting Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last month.
The band played the Fishbone song “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” when Bachmann took a seat next to Fallon for their Nov. 21 chat. Fallon apologized via Twitter, an NBC executive apologized to Bachmann and Questlove offered a lame mea culpa shortly thereafter.
Now, The Huffington Post is reporting that Questlove received a barrage of racist comments on Twitter after the incident. Naturally, he’s blaming the response on … wait for it … the Tea Party.
Never let a false media meme go to waste, right?
“I’ve seen some really colorful epithets in the past four days, but ‘n*gger f*ckhead ghetto stick’ is probably the one that takes the cake. I’m still trying to get my head around that one,” the musician told Pitchfork.com. “Blocking 3,500 tea party extremists [on Twitter] in a three day period is no fun, especially when you’re a drummer dangerously close to carpal tunnel. In the end, was it worth it? Absolutely not.”
Questlove insists that he is sorry over the incident, and didn’t realize it would be quite so offensive.
“It deeply offended a lot of women’s groups and non-Bachmann supporters, and for that I’m deeply sorry,” he said.
Actually, there wasn’t much outcry from women’s groups, or perhaps they kept it confined to their respective water coolers since it barely made a ripple in the press.
The bigger issue is Questlove claiming 3,5o0 Tea Party activists used racist language to critique him. Color us skeptical. Did he really keep a tally? Are Tea Party patriots really so plugged in to his Twitter account? Besides, President Obama’s supporters routinely play the race card to attack Tea Party members with little to no actual proof. Is this simply more of the same from a man whose Twitter account features a photo of himself with the president?