Bachmann: "Fallon" dustup shows bias, sexism

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann may have walked onto the set of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,â?? smiling Monday, but the music playing during her entrance wasnâ??t flattering. NBC

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Rep. Michele Bachmann said Wednesday that NBC's response to the decision by the House band on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" to play a song called "Lyin' A** B*tch"as she walked onstage shows the anti-conservative bias as well as sexism of "the Hollywood entertainment elite."

"[I]f that had been Michelle Obama who had come out on the stage and if that song had been played for Michelle Obama I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her and likely they could have fired the drummer or at least suspended him," said Bachmann, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

"None of that happened from NBC, and this is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite but it's also I think sexism as well," she continued. "This wouldn't be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama. It shouldn't be tolerated if it's a conservative woman, either."

Bachmann said she accepted the apology of host Jimmy Fallon, who Tweeted Tuesday evening, "I'm honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I'm so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back." She said she loves Fallon - "he's a kick" - and would like to go back on his show.

But she said his apology isn't enough.

"Of course I accept Jimmy's apology but this really needs to come from NBC, and this is an outrage that happened," she said.

The decision to play the song, by the band Fishbone, appears to have belonged to drummer Questlove, who Tweeted before Bachmann came out, "aight late night walkon song devotees: you love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. ask around cause i aint tweeting title."

He later retweeted reactions, including "@questlove huge ups to the fishbone tune for Bachman on jimmy tonight. perfect entry song for her!"

Bachmann, who later repeated her call for NBC to apologize on Fox radio, said Wednesday morning she was not aware that the song had been played until late yesterday. Fallon did not mention the incident on Tuesday night's show, and Questlove was in the band for the broadcast.

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