Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Who's Afraid of Michelle Wolf?




I never heard of Michelle Wolf before the White House Correspondents Dinner, but I'll have to pay attention to her now.  It wasn't that her jokes were all that good, but she sure knew how to get under everyone's skin, particularly Sarah Huckabee, who served as Trump's proxy at the event.  For me, it was her grating voice, but it worked in this case.

What the Trump base got was a little bit of its own medicine.  Michelle was raucous, dirty and at times downright malicious in her attack.  No one was spared in Trump's administration, least of all the Chief Clown.  "It turns out the President of the United States is the one pussy you can't grab," noting his absence for the second year in a row.

For his part, the President was in Michigan offering a running commentary of the WHCD among other things in his long-winded harangue.  But, this didn't match the performance he gave on Fox and Friends the day before, leaving the crew absolutely speechless after thirty minutes of a non-stop diatribe.

It's pretty hard to top Trump, so Michelle went after his surrogates.  She was hardest on Sarah, who sat at the front table with her.  You could see Huckabee grimace through most of the monologue.  She left it to her father the next day to chastise Wolf for going too far, calling it "tasteless, classless bullying."  Seems like someone should remind Mike of his own tweets.  A guy who still refers to himself as Governor.

Surprisingly, the media also chastised Wolf.  Andrea Mitchell said Michelle should apologize for "insulting" poor Sarah in a tweet.  Andrea got the response she deserved.  

Of course, Trump himself chimed in, calling the dinner a "failure" and Wolf "filthy," noting that the 100 year-old tradition should be "put to rest."  It really makes you wonder where all these fragile sensibilities came from?

I still don't understand why they don't invite Alec Baldwin to stand in for Trump at these dinners.  He continues his routine on SNL, which has come under attack from alums like Rob Schneider, who hasn't had a watchable movie since he left SNL in the 90s.  Dennis Miller apparently needs a few days to come up with something scathing on Michelle Wolf.

Michelle gave it a game effort, and thanks to all the criticism is now the most recognizable comic on television.  Not bad for a C-SPAN live stream.  She also got some high fives from Dave Chappelle and Adam Conover, who noted her brutal takedown of the all-too-complicit news media.

"You guys are obsessed with Trump.  Did you use to date him?  Because you pretend like you hate him, but I think you love him.  I think what no one in this room wants to admit is that Trump has helped all of you.  He's helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV.  You helped create this monster and now you're profiting off of him.   And if you are going to profit off of Trump, you should at least give him some money because he doesn't have any."

Of course, she will be just as easily forgotten in a few days time given Trump's many pratfalls.  But, for a brief shining moment she got more attention than Kanye!

2 comments:

  1. Terry Gross interviewed Michelle Wolf on Fresh Air today. All the publicity is good for her.

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  2. I would think so. A lot of persons now coming to her defense. Loved Dave Chappelle's comments.

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