It was a quiet night in Washington D.C. this weekend. President Trump was out of town and the news cycle was slow. All eyes were on C-SPAN for the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner… ok, that’s a lie, about 9 eyes were on C-SPAN, and that is only because Billy Bob fell asleep while flipping through the channels and his one eyed cat, Number 2, was enthralled by the annoying noise coming from the speakers of the TV. What was that annoying noise, you ask? It was the drone of Michelle Wolf’s R-rated, inappropriate and tasteless jokes falling flat with even the biggest liberals in the crowd.
Now, before we get into the heart of the monologue, some background. The White House Correspondent’s Dinner (WHCD) is a yearly event that brings all the media in Washington together for an expensive dinner with entertainment and some humor. In the past, it was attended by the President, who would tell some jokes, many of them at his own expense, but since President Trump has been in office, he has not attended the dinner. Last year, he attended a campaign style rally in Pennsylvania, as he felt the media had an inherent bias against him. He continued the trend this year, but holding another rally in Washington, Michigan during the WHCD.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attended as a representative for the White House and was sitting front and center on the dais for the event, which as it turns out, couldn’t have been a worse place to be. Michelle Wolf, a comedian and writer for the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, was chosen for the entertainment by Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News, who was the President of the White House Correspondents Association this year. That decision might be one that she regrets for some time.
The comedy bit starts out as expected… with a joke about Trump and a porn star. It then takes a turn for the worst and never looks back. When you have a room full of people, who seem to hate the current President, and your jokes aren’t getting many laughs, you know you have done something wrong. I tried my best to listen to the entire 19 minutes and 17 seconds of the piece, and I couldn’t make it past 7 minutes… it was that bad. If you want to see for yourself, take a look:
Wolf quickly took her crashed and burned routine and turned it into a roaring dumpster fire when she got personal against the Press Secretary.
"I think she's very resourceful, like she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye. Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's lies.”
Or how about when Wolf said the following about Sanders,
"[She is] Uncle Tom, but for white women who disappoint other white women."
In the era of #MeToo and Women’s Marches, making fun of a woman’s appearance is not ok. Period. It is not ok for any man to do it, and it is not ok for any woman to do it. There is no comedy in body shaming and Wolf’s attempt at comedy was something that the White House Correspondents Association should be embarrassed to be associated with.
This flop could actually backfire on the liberals and boost the Republicans standing with many in America. Wolf was promoting many leftist ideologies alongside her very controversial material in her monolgue, which Democrats should to distance themselves from very quickly. President Trump addressed the issue Sunday with the following tweet:
The reaction to the 19-minute monologue has been mixed, but most agree that it went too far. From the glorification of abortion to the comments on Sander’s personal appearance, Wolf definitely brought the “shock” to the event.
The White House Correspondents Association President Talev released the following statement on Sunday evening about the previous night’s event.
"Last night's program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people. Unfortunately, the entertainer's monologue was not in the spirit of that mission."
I wouldn’t be surprised to see quite a change to the event next year, when Olivier Knox of SiriusXM is President of the White House Correspondents Association. The press doesn’t need any other people in Washington or across America talking poorly about them, as the President does that enough as it is.
In the meantime, let’s try to keep it classy. We all can joke and have a sense of humor, but there is always that line that shouldn’t be crossed. Stay classy, San Diego.