Eccentric religious right group One Million Moms is infamous for its ginned-up outrage over pop culture. The organization regularly condemns television shows that haven't aired, but this time it's taking things to a whole new level, criticizing episodes of a scripted series that haven't even been written.
Blogger JoeMyGod points readers to the group's latest email blast to supporters attacking Full Frontal With Samantha Bee. The group is upset the new TBS show's name will appear on television screens in show listings and claims to know that the upcoming episodes will contain "vile content and language" that will "continue throughout the program."
In May, Bee told Entertainment Weekly she and her husband, Jason Jones, another Daily Show alum, had only just begun collaborating on the scripts.
Bee, a longtime LGBT ally who specializes in finding the funny in feminism, will be the only female host in a late-night field already crowded with men. The comedian left the Daily Show after 12 seasons as its most senior senior correspondent and was frequently mentioned as a possible replacement for Jon Stewart when he left the Comedy Central show this summer. Bee reportedly turned down the offer even though she was a fan favorite.
Here's the email from One Million Moms, the group of about 80,000 people affiliiated with the American Family Association, which the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as an extremist hate group:
"A new show is in the works and it has many parents pretty fired up! Coming this February on TBS Network is a new comedy program titled 'Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.'
"The title of this show alone is unacceptable. Even though airing later in the evening since it is a late night show, the name will appear in the TV lineup of programs scheduled and previews will air earlier during the day.
"The time the program will air has not been released yet, but it will likely not be late enough considering the vile content and language included in the show. There is a sense of urgency since the promos for this new series air earlier in the evening.
"TBS is pushing the envelope to the max with a suggestive title. The sexual implications do not stop with the show’s name but also continue throughout the program.
"TBS is obviously going for shock value here as there are numerous options for a title and theme which would not have been as offensive. The network needs to drop plans to air the program immediately, or at the very least change the name of this new crude show. Please take a few seconds to sign the petition and share it with your friends."
Watch a teaser clip promoting Bee's new show below. It will premiere in February on TBS.