Samantha Bee Takes on Immigration “Cruelty” in ‘Full Frontal’ Holiday Special

A portion of the proceeds from the “Christmas on I.C.E.” special benefits an organization providing aid to the immigrant children and adults separated under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.

Samantha Bee didn’t waste any time getting to the heart of what Full Frontal’s holiday special, “Christmas on I.C.E.,” was about while addressing the audience at the two-hour taping on Monday. “The world is dark, but tonight we are going to bukakee it with joy,” the TBS host said. “Your hearts are going to swell with good will towards your fellow humans if it is the last f—ing thing I do.”

Bee transformed New York’s PlayStation Theater into a winter wonderland, complete with a real ice rink, “Abolish I.C.E.” skaters and commentary from Olympian and U.S. national figure skating champion Adam Rippon. The special, which aired Wednesday at 10:30 p.m., in a nutshell, is “the only guide to fighting the excesses of Immigration and Customs Enforcement that’s also an ice show,” Bee said.

“We’ve covered I.C.E. before on the show, so we didn’t have to look too hard for what we wanted to talk about in the special,” Bee told The Hollywood Reporter. “The story of the migrant children and family separations is something that captivated us and got our attention. And we’ve never forgotten it. We’ve never let it go from our minds. It’s not like we can do every episode of the show about it, but this is a good way to end the year — to remind people about the situation and to raise money.”

A portion of the proceeds from merchandise — like t-shirts that read “Reunited We Stand” — and ticket sales benefit KIND’s (Kids in Need of Defense) Family Separation Response Team.

Bee also teamed up with El Refugio, an organization that works with detained immigrants and their families. One of Wednesday’s segments saw Bee travel to one of the country’s largest immigration detention centers in the remote town of Lumpkin, Georgia.

“I was grateful to have the opportunity to be there, just to put eyeballs on something like this. I think it made me understand the trajectory of the episode, the show and the situation on the ground,” Bee said. “It was powerful. It was quite something.”

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