Thursday, December 8, 2011

And Now The Roots Will Need to Have Their Song Selections Approved by NBC Execs

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 12:12 PM

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After Jimmy Fallon's house band The Roots played Fishbone’s "Lyin’ Ass Bitch" as Michele Bachmann was introduced as a guest on Late Night last month, the band will now have to submit song choices to be cleared by three different NBC execs, The Post reports. The articles goes on to point out that prior to the incident, Questlove had mentioned the joke to Rolling Stone, admitting, "I just don’t know if I’m going to tell Jimmy.” Then he says that Fallon has only every vetoed one song and that was “She Blinded Me With Science” for Katie Holmes, which, let's be honest, would've been pretty funny. When celebrities, especially politicians, agree to be a guest on a late-night comedy show, aren't they engaging in an unspoken agreement to have jokes made at their expense? Isn't that the entire premise of The Colbert Report, most of SNL, and pretty much all the others (with the exception of Leno, who's not exactly funny)? Nonetheless, surveying the aftermath of the incident — there have been public apologies, critiques from bloggers, and someone calling him "nigger fuckhead ghetto stick" — Questlove admitted in an interview with Pitchfork last week that the dig at Bachmann definitely wasn't worth it.

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