The five women of the Seattle City Council, who were attacked via misogynistic tweets and emails for a recent vote in which they sided against efforts to build a new NBA arena in town, have a new sixth woman on their team who scored mightily on Monday night. (Heads up! There’s adult language in the videos.)
Comedian Samantha Bee used a segment on her TBS show “Full Frontal” to defend the councilwomen against the Internet trolls who went after them for being the five in a deciding 5-4 vote against a SoDo land-vacation measure earlier this month. Bee is a former “Daily Show” correspondent who got her own late-night gig in February.
Monday’s segment, called “The Seattle Seawards” (yup, you get it), featured Bee explaining a little of the backstory and the usual Internet hate that is directed toward women who bother to do things such as run for president, talk about politics on TV or criticize literally any video game. Add to the list “women who dare stand between a city and its men’s professional sports team,” Bee said.
Five councilwomen in Seattle have been receiving a lot of hate for the insidious crime of doing their jobs. https://t.co/p5pBrEeSOd
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) May 17, 2016
“Why did these crazy, sports-hating harpies stand between a town and the team it doesn’t have yet?” Bee asked. “Did they want to build a ballet arena or a ‘Sex and the Cityplex’ or something?” The segment then launched into footage of the councilwomen explaining what it is they wanted to protect by voting against the arena plan.
Bee then introduced the “seaport-loving savers of shipping jobs” complete with nicknames and some of the nasty comments they received: Lorena “The Gavel” Gonzalez, Debora “Slam Dunk” Juarez, Lisa “Lay Up” Herbold, Kshama “The Socialist Slasher” Sawant and “Supersonic” Sally Bagshaw.
Bee ended the show by having the Seawards share a few more of the names they were called and threats they received, including Juarez and her need to “get her ass back in the kitchen.”