Samantha Bee, host of the TBS show Full Frontal, has aimed more than her fair share of political satire at Georgia conservatives. With her quirky humor and spot-on wit, Bee has made Georgia progressive issues national news. She has shared our outrage and held conservatives accountable by shining a national spotlight on what they try to keep in the dark.
There are clips linked in of each episode mentioned, however the clips feature adult language and topics and might not be appropriate for work or kids.
- Bee attacked Ga. Sen. Renee Unterman, who was blocking a rape kit bill that would help deliver justice for rape victims.
Although the bill had unanimous, bi-partisan support, Unterman insisted that the law was unnecessary and that others were only supporting it “because it makes you feel good.” Thanks to the leadership of elected officials like Rep. Scott Holcomb and Sen. Elena Parent and some help from Better Georgia mobilizing its audience to fight back, this common-sense legislation was passed, much to the chagrin of Unterman.
- Bee followed up later to announce that the rape kit bill had passed.
This episode tells the story of how Georgia state Rep. Scott Holcolmb (D) and Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston (R) worked together to magically pass the rape kit bill.
- During Georgia’s 6th District Congressional race, Samantha Bee likened the 6th district to an over-primped child pageant queen.
Bee insisted that all of America was the 6th District’s obsessive, overbearing pageant mom, which was evidenced by the $50 million in spending from all over the U.S.
- In March 2017, Bee berated Johnnie Caldwell and included a plea for someone to run against him in her show.
In this episode, which Better Georgia worked on with Bee’s producers, Samantha Bee discussed the Republicans redrawing districts, Caldwell harassing women as a judge and Caldwell denying representation to people of color. For some comic relief on such a dark story, Bee pokes fun at Caldwell’s inability to speak properly.
- In an episode where her producers asked her to discuss college basketball, she instead took on the issue of for-profit probation companies in Georgia.
Bee refers to the companies as “probation vultures” and describes the way they levy fines, fees and surcharges on people who can’t afford their court-ordered fines. She connects these companies to their lobbyists who pay off judges, who then require probation and jail time for small crimes, like littering.