American comedian and writer Michelle Wolf was tasked with bringing laughter to this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. As could be expected, however, her comedic routine was met with scrutiny by some, namely the likes of various journalists and political figures, PBS points out.
While Mike Allen of Axios and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times suggested Wolf’s jokes went too far, Matt Schlapp, chair of the American Conservative Union and organizer of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, and his wife Mercedes, a Trump Administration official, left the event altogether following jabs at White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the president’s senior counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Fellow comedians such as Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and Kathy Griffin, on the other hand, have come out to back Wolf’s performance, insisting that she is a comedian, simply doing what she was paid to do. Dave Chappelle then went so far as to say he “really respected” what he saw.
“I don’t know who those people think they are that she can’t say that to them, cause they offend people all the time. And I think that for many people … it’s cathartic to watch that woman speak truth to power like that,” Chappelle added. “I know how hard it is to do what she did … I think she nailed it. Whether I agree with it or not, I gotta respect the artistry.”
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- Source: PBS