December 2nd, 2011
10:45 AM ET
According to Questlove, the decision to play Fishbone's "Lyin' Ass B–ch" as Michele Bachmann's intro song on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" a week ago wasn't a well thought-out move.
The Roots drummer says as much in an interview with Pitchfork, explaining that "it wasn't like a chess move where you have to think 12 steps ahead."
Instead, the band went for that Fishbone track in "a kamikaze-type way."
He continues, "I really didn't think about how it could be perceived as a misogynist swipe - it didn't hit me until my [Twitter] timeline started showing up that it was seen that way. I was like, 'F--, I forgot "b--" is actually in the title.'"
That forgetfulness has led to a fast and furious backlash. He's seen "colorful epithets" in the past few days, and says he had to block "3,500 Tea Party extremists on [Twitter]." The day before Thanksgiving was nerve-wracking, as he was waiting "with bated breath" thinking he'd hear news that he'd been fired. (According to Questlove, Bachmann's camp was in the Thanksgiving spirit, opting to put it behind them and move on. NBC also apologized to Bachmann, saying that The Roots had been "severely reprimanded."
The rash decision to play the intro song has also left Questlove remorseful that he's come across as misogynistic."It deeply offended a lot of women's groups and non-Bachmann supporters, and for that I'm deeply sorry. I'm not parading like I'm the poster boy for the feminist movement, but those who truly know me know that that's not me."
Questlove adds that he was trying to riff on Bachmann's "revisionist history angle," and not trying to make an attack on her gender.
"In the end, was it worth it? Absolutely not," he tells Pitchfork.
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