June 14, 2016


Samantha Bee's Orlando Rant Is the Powerful Monologue Late-Night Needed

Monday evening was filled with late-night TV hosts sharing their grievances and condolences over the weekend's fatal shootings in Orlando, but Full Frontal's Samantha Bee made an impassioned, impeccably thought-out speech that rose above the competition on an analytical and emotional level.

In the must-watch video above, the TBS host passionately breaks down the events of the weekend, the Florida governor's absurd response, the global history of gun laws, Obama's role in all of this and every other important talking point—with a toned-down, but still healthy dose of snarky humor. But there was one particularly poignant moment that showed why Bee has risen above your typical late-night commentator, as she said:

"After a massacre, the standard operating procedure is you stand on stage and deliver some well-meaning words about how we will get through this together, how love wins, how love conquers hate. That is great, that is beautiful, but you know what? Fuck it. I am too angry for that. Love does not win unless we start loving each other enough to fix our fucking problems."

Damn. That's one way to stand out from the others.

At seven-and-a-half minutes, the monologue is more than worth your time. Take a watch above and be moved by the brilliant late-night host, whose show was recently picked up through 2016 (and hopefully beyond). 

Below, watch Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer emotionally explain how the events in Florida were affecting the band this weekend when we talked to him at Bonnaroo 2016: