Jon Stewart called out Mike Huckabee for his criticism of Beyonce making “vulgar” music and marketing herself as a role model to young girls.
The former Arkansas governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate visited Stewart’s "Daily Show" to promote his book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” and the two touched on the topic of Huckabee’s recent criticism of Beyonce as a role model.
“Beyonce is such a mega-talent. She can do anything,” Huckabee said. “She's got the pipes to sing. She's got the moves to dance. She doesn't have to be vulgar in order to set the trend.”
Huckabee argued that Beyonce’s performances and lyrical content incorporate a level of vulgarity that is inappropriate for the young girls that see her as a role model. “Do you know any parent who has a daughter who says, 'Honey, if you make really good grades, someday when you're 12 or 13 we'll get you your own stripper pole?'”
Stewart didn’t hesitate to fire back at the now-former Fox News host. “I think that's diminishing Beyonce in a way that's truly outrageous,” he said. Stewart then played a clip from Huckabee’s show of him playing bass alongside Ted Nugent, singing his 70s hit “Catscratch Fever,” which is full of sexually suggestive lyrics.
“You excuse that type of crudeness because you agree with his stance on firearms. You don't approve of Beyonce because she seems alien to you,” Stewart said following the clip.
Huckabee maintained that he believes there to be a big difference between Nugent’s song and Beyonce’s music.
“That song is an adult song, geared for adults,” Huckabee said. “But today we have a very different kind of depiction and things that are considered okay for kids. That’s the difference.”
Stewart criticized Huckabee’s defense of the Nugent song, saying that he can’t “single out a corrosive culture and ignore the one that you live in because you’re used to it.”
Watch the full exchange below.