Samantha Bee, host of the late-night talk show Full Frontal, will be holding her own White House Correspondent’s Dinner Special this weekend, on the same night as the actual event. In an interview with Girls star and creator Lena Dunham, she said it was intended to be “a celebration of the free press because obviously it’s tremendously under attack. It’ll be like an extended episode of our show in a different space.” The two television stars also discussed their their feelings after Trump won the presidential election in November, with Bee describing the “torrent of hatred” she received from trolls when the results came in. “That night, at about 10 o’clock, I could not believe what I was seeing in my mentions. I could not believe it. And the days following the election were very hard. There were a million reasons why it was difficult, and it’s been really difficult ever since.”
After Dunham asked her for some advice on “using our voices” and how to deal with the next four years under President Trump, she shared some insight from Russian journalist Masha Gessen: “What she said was, ‘In the months and years to come, you have to draw a line for yourself. The things you will accept, and the things you will not accept, and you, for yourself, can never cross that line. You can never compromise your values even if you seem like the craziest person in the world, even if you seem like the hysteric in the room. If no one wants to invite you to their parties anymore because you’re such a drag because they can’t change your opinion on things, it’s really OK. You should never cross your own line.’ And that was very helpful to me because I feel like the reality we will be faced with increasingly will be compromise.”
Earlier this month, Bee delivered the introduction for Hillary Clinton at the 8th Annual Women in the World New York Summit. In her speech, Bee told Clinton, “You deserve to hear it 100 times — it should have been you.” Watch the full speech below.
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