On Saturday night, a political firebrand with striking hair and a funny voice said a bunch of provocative stuff in front of a large crowd. Elsewhere, comedian Michelle Wolf hosted the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner (#WHCD).
While Wolf was busy jabbing D.C. and media elite mercilessly (as you can see in the video above), Donald Trump was doing his Donald Trump thing in Michigan. He spent an hour-plus vaguely threatening Democrats, complaining about the Russia investigation, and threatening a government shutdown if his long-sought border wall with Mexico isn’t built.
You can read all about it here.
On the scale of “Problematic Shit the President Says,” Trump’s Michigan speech hit maybe a 6 or a 7 (out of 10). But, as many pointed out on social media in the later hours of the evening, the fixation on Wolf’s jokes — at an event that is essentially an annual roast, to be clear — shifted attention away from the president’s bluster.
The ensuing conversation sprawled out in many directions. Some hit Wolf for what they saw as jabs at White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders physical appearance. Others questioned the present-day value of the WHCD. Still others waved wildly at the things Trump said.
Whatever your takeaway is, the thunderous response to Wolf’s performance did drown out much of the chatter around Trump’s words. Concern over that is definitely a running theme in the social media conversations that played out afterward.
Let me make sure I got this right…
Michelle Wolf roasted Sarah Huckabee Sanders on a platform where roasting is expected and she is getting criticism…
Minutes earlier Donald Trump threatened a Senator in front of thousands and gets no criticism…
This is sad.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 29, 2018
Also, how self-regarding do you have to be to invite a comedian & then get upset that she makes jokes about the rich, famous, powerful people in the room? And how irrational do you have to be to think a comedian at a DC event is supposed to be reverent & sober in *the Trump era*?
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 29, 2018
Very interesting to attend the #WHCD tonight and watch the event there. Interesting to see Trumpers offended by a comedian when they weren’t offended by Trump bragging about grabbing women by the pu**y, his mocking a disabled reporter and demonizing Latinos, Muslims and blacks
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) April 29, 2018
It’s funny how the same people who condemned Michelle Wolf as a part of the Hollywood “coastal elite” celebrity culture at the #WHCD last night were quick to embrace celebrity rapper Kanye West Kardashian last week when he spoke up for B-list Hollywood celebrity Donald Trump.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 29, 2018
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