Michelle Wolf, a former writer of The Daily Show and current host of this year’s White House Correspondents’ dinner, completely obliterated Trump and Co. last night. It seemed like no one was safe from the fires of her roast, and with good reason — that’s literally what the WHCD is for.
Wolf is facing some criticism today, however, for a few pointed jabs aimed at White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. But the flack she’s getting is total bullshit.
After properly skewering a few other members of the Trump administration and the media, Wolf called attention to Sanders: “I have to say, I’m a little starstruck. I love you as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale.”
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) April 29, 2018
Get it? Because both Aunt Lydia and Sarah Huckabee Sanders are ministers of propaganda amid a dystopian hellscape! But that’s not the part that’s got people clutching their pearls.
“I actually really like Sarah,” Wolf continued. “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 its lies. It’s probably lies.”
Some members of the media are saying Wolf attacked Sanders’ looks. Which, no. Wolf took to Twitter to push back.
Morning Joe‘s Mike Brzezinski says Sanders was “humiliated for her looks” on national television. Which, again, no.
At best, it was a backhanded compliment about the press secretary’s ability to master a killer smoky eye while delivering awful, non-objective, selective “facts” to deceive the American public every single day. At worst, it’s an intense criticism of Sanders’ character. Neither one of those scenarios is unjust, though.
Why are you guys making this about Sarah’s looks? I said she burns facts and uses the ash to create a *perfect* smoky eye. I complimented her eye makeup and her ingenuity of materials. https://t.co/slII9TYdYx
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) April 29, 2018
Also, the WHCD has always, always, been a Comedy Central Roast but for politicians and journalists. Which is exactly why Trump skipped out on it last year and once again this year — he can’t handle the heat.
Many people were quick to point out the hypocrisy of being offended by a comedian’s spot-on jokes at an event solely meant for a comedian to deliver spot-on jokes in the era of a Trump presidency.
Friendly reminder that the people upset about a makeup joke at Sarah Sanders’ expense defend a president who calls women pigs, dogs, disgusting, and too ugly to sexually assault.
— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) April 29, 2018
Every tweet I see from journalists coming to the defense of Sarah Huckabee Sanders makes more and more adamant that the only way to fix what's broken is by replacing the entire press corps with Michelle Wolf
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) April 29, 2018
All the folks, especially media personalities and journalists, who are so utterly outraged by Michelle Wolf's jokes about Sarah Huckabee Sanders, I wish you would have shown 10% of this emotion when Trump mocked and said hateful things against Muslims, Mexicans and immigrants.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) April 29, 2018
You can be a feminist and still come for other women (with valid reason) — those two things can exist at the same time. Especially if said woman is complicit in creating a cult of personality for a President who oppresses the oppressed on a daily basis.
Stay with me here but maybe the problem isn’t Michelle Wolf, maybe it’s that the White House Press Secretary lies so much she’s nicknamed Sarah Slanders. pic.twitter.com/jPdzOXUzwF
— shauna (@goldengateblond) April 29, 2018
It’s also worth noting that out of all the jokes, jabs, roasts, and owns Wolf delivered last night, the angle that’s garnering the most attention is the “Wolf vs. Sanders” portion of the evening. Boy, people sure do have some Serious Feelings about eyeliner mockery.
— “Grab em by the pussy”
— “I moved on her like a bitch”
— “Blood coming out of her wherever”
— “I would bomb the shit out of them”
— “If she wasn’t my daughter I’d date her”
— “African countries are shithole nations”
— “Michelle Wolf was over the top”
— Ryan Knight (@ProudResister) April 29, 2018
A joke about makeup doesn’t mean Sarah Huckabee Sanders — someone who lies, pathologically, to the press every single day — deserves our sympathy. Enough with the fake outrage, already.