The mainstream liberal media must be under the belief that if they reward Chelsea Clinton and Samantha Bee enough, people will suddenly find them influential. Spoiler alert: it won’t.
Time Magazine named Bee as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People and gave her the honor of being a pioneer alongside HIV researcher Dr. Glenda Gray, astrologist Michaël Gillon, and First Daughter Ivanka Trump.
What makes her a pioneer according to Time? She’s a woman who’s funny enough to give a liberal perspective about politics.
“She has the courage and the ability to plant those little feet, lean just slightly into the camera and fire off a staggering spray of machine-gun bullet points laced with delicious asides for color,” wrote comedic actress Jane Curtin. “She is as smart as a whip and, as far as I’m concerned, always on the side of right and funny. Did I say she was smart? Because she really is.”
Curtin is a great sample of the people Bee appeals to because most of her audience are not millennials.
Bee’s mostly white comedy writers whose careers started at College Humor, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show try to make her like Jon Stewart in heels, without the intelligence or humor.
Despite having received wildly generous reviews and accolades, Bee will suddenly be influential.
Even though she’s on a mainstream cable network and an Emmy nominee, Bee just doesn’t have that much influence. Bee only has 420,000 Twitter followers, and 62,000 of those are fake accounts. Full Frontal‘s Facebook account only has a million followers.
Compare that with genuine people who have earned a massive following solely by their own appeal and not with the backing of a major network, public relations firm, and the adoration of every reviewer in New York and Los Angeles.
Despite having the support of a much smaller and much more niche company like The Blaze, Tomi Lahren has nearly 700,000 Twitter followers, and, unlike Bee, most of hers are real people. Milo Yiannopoulos has more than 2 million Facebook followers, and that’s without ever having a show on any network.
Even though they mostly receive, ridicule, and hate from the mainstream press, Lahren and Yiannopoulos have created a following by the sheer drive of their star power.
Bee has been able to mix her snarky unoriginal comedy with pseudo-intellectual liberalism to create a career. However, no matter what Time or any other mainstream outlets say, no one believes she’s actually influential.