On the night of April 28, 2018 Hollywood stars, Democrats, journalists (pardon my redundancy), and conservatives alike, attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The highly anticipated annual event was attended by the Who’s Who of politics, celebrity and journalism. Traditionally the President would attend this event; however, President Trump, like the year prior, decided to spend the evening at an arena packed with his supporters.
Given the disdain the elites of society have overtly directed towards the President, I’m positive that if I was in his position, I would much rather be surrounded by my supporters as well. To explain my position, join me as I journey down memory lane as we recall Kathy Griffin holding a realistic-looking decapitated head of the President. Or how about the New York-Based arts organization that depicted Julius Caesar as President Trump as he was stabbed multiple times in the iconic murder scene. We can’t forget Robert De Niro going on an expletive-filled rant about how he would like to assault Trump. What about Rapper Snoop Dog depicting him shooting the sitting President in the head? Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert also continue to seize the opportunity to boost their ratings by performing nightly anti-Trump monologues—both of which have been under fire for going on homophobic tirades directed at the President and his constituents.
I don’t know about you, but Washington, Michigan sounds a lot better than Washington D.C. to me.
Lately, the line between comedy and facetiousness has become more blurred. Some would argue that being facetious is a comedic tool, while others would argue that comedy tends to be a facetious persons’ excuse. Was it comedy when Kathy Griffin posed with a decapitated head of the President? Would it have been comedy if she posed with a decapitated head resembling the former President? These are questions that I considered when watching Michelle Wolf’s monologue at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
At quick glance, Michelle Wolf’s name had me under the impression that she was somehow related to the infamous and humiliated Michael Wolff; however, although I quickly realized this not to be the case, I wouldn’t be surprised if he helped write her monologue!
If Wolf’s speech was anything, it was predictable; however, one thing I did not predict was Sarah Huckabee Sanders being targeted in the way she was.
To say that attacking Sanders’ appearance is something new for liberal women would be ill-informed. Chelsea Handler (Yes, the same Chelsea Handler that was recorded being urinated on) had multiple skits on her cancelled Netlfix show, Chelsea, where she humiliated Sanders for her appearance. It almost seems as if making fun of Sanders’ appearance is one of the prerequisites to having your own Netflix show, because it appears Michelle Wolf will have her own show starting May 27. Something tells me it will meet the same end as Chelsea.
The White House Correspondent’s Dinner showed the ugly spirit that currently possesses Washington. It showed us that making amends with those we disagree with are good for the country, but bad for ratings. It showed us that Women’s Empowerment only applies to women of a liberal disposition. It showed us that comedy as a craft has been used as a scapegoat to disguise abhorrence to people and causes we disagree with.