Last week’s annual White House Correspondents Dinner generated controversy, headlines, and buzz. It also made an obscure comedian an overnight national sensation.
Michelle Wolf, a liberal television writer, appeared as a guest comedian and delivered material that many say was inappropriate and uncouth. Everything from teasing Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s appearance to making fun of abortion, Wolf ostensibly made the audience uncomfortable, causing widespread denunciation by various publications and reporters.
President Donald Trump also chimed in on Twitter, claiming that the dinner “was a very big, boring bust” and “the so-called comedian ‘bombed.’”
While Washington, Michigan, was a big success, Washington, D.C., just didn’t work. Everyone is talking about the fact that the White House Correspondents Dinner was a very big, boring bust…the so-called comedian really “bombed.” @greggutfeld should host next year! @PeteHegseth
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2018
Wolf has already confirmed that she will not apologize for her routine.
“I wouldn’t change a single word that I said. I’m very happy with what I said, and I’m glad I stuck to my guns,” Wolf told Terry Gross on WHYY’s “Fresh Air.”
As journalists and media outlets lament on the entertainer, others are speaking out favorably about Wolf.
Robert De Niro, Stephen Colbert Defend Michelle Wolf
Speaking at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual Chaplin Award Gala, Robert De Niro explained that there was a lot of “truth” in the jokes made by Wolf. He added that the reason for the outrage is that “the bullies and the liars are still intimidated by the strength and the truth.”
De Niro further slammed the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA), which announced soon after that it had disapproved of Wolf’s performance and pledged to change the format next year.
“Shame on them!” he said of the WHCA. “Stand up and strap on your balls and deal. It was the only time that I ever had any sympathy or empathy for Sarah [Huckabee] Sanders. They cut to her and all of a sudden she looked like she was hurt. I said, ‘Geez, maybe she’s a real human being.’”
Stephen Colbert also came to the defense of Wolf, stating that the event is about “roasting the administration and the media.” He encouraged everyone to “grow a pair” and being angry about her performance “is like accusing the valet of briefly stealing your car.”
Many others commented positively on Wolf, including Dave Chapelle, Kathy Griffin, Trevor Noah, and formed Planned Parenthood leader Cecile Richards.
For those who disagreed with Wolf’s remarks, some say she shouldn’t be blamed, but the ones in charge of inviting her.
“Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd told The Chronicle that Wolf doesn’t merit any criticism.
“I don’t think Michelle Wolf deserves any criticism. She was hired to do a job … This is what she does for a living. If the association and the press corps don’t like it, it’s on the association. It’s not not on Michelle Wolf,” he said.
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