Michelle Wolf on her WHCD gig: ‘I wouldn’t change a single word that I said’


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At first, I truly thought the “outrage” from journalists towards Michelle Wolf was performative. As in, I thought journalists were just pretending to be terribly offended by her jokes so that they could protect their sources within the administration, and clearly one of their big sources is Sarah Huckabee Sanders. But after the White House Correspondents’ Dinner controversy raged on well past it’s media cycle, I realized something awful: it wasn’t just performative outrage. Journalists really were and are mad at Michelle Wolf for speaking truth to power. Wolf didn’t tell any lies about Donald Trump, or Republican leadership, or Hillary Clinton, or White House employees. And she certainly didn’t lie about how the media created and then catered to Trump because his presidency has been good for their business. That’s why media figures were mad: in a set that lasted less than 20 minutes, Michelle Wolf destroyed and exposed everyone in the room. And she’s not sorry. Some highlights from Wolf’s NPR interview yesterday:

On how Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t stand for the awards part of the WHCD: “I also think that if you – another part of the dinner that wasn’t televised is they were giving out awards and everyone was standing to congratulate the people who were getting awards and Sarah was sitting… CNN reporters got awards, I cannot remember the exact award they got, but they came up to accept them and she sat the whole time, while we all stood and shook their hands. I would say if this is about celebrating the media she wasn’t there to celebrate the media.

Whether she was surprised by how her set was received: “I wasn’t expecting this level, but I’m also not disappointed there’s this level. I knew what I was doing going in. I wanted to do something different. I didn’t want to cater to the room. I wanted to cater to the outside audience, and not betray my brand of comedy. I actually, a friend of mine who helped me write, he gave me a note before I went on which I kept with me which was, “Be true to yourself. Never apologize. Burn it to the ground.”

She’s proud of what she did: “I mean, I’m honestly – I wouldn’t change a single word that I said. I’m very happy with what I said, and I’m glad I stuck to my guns.

She thinks people expected her to be “nice”: “Yeah, I mean, I think I don’t know maybe I’m projecting this, but I think sometimes they look at a woman and they think “Oh, she’ll be nice,” and if you’ve seen any of my comedy you know that I don’t – I’m not. I don’t pull punches. I’m not afraid to talk about things. And I don’t think they expected that from me. I think they still have preconceived notions of how women will present themselves and I don’t fit in that box.

[From NPR]

I’m glad she’s not backing down or apologizing, even if the White House Correspondents’ Association is backing down and apologizing on her behalf. She did nothing wrong. She did everything right. She spoke truth to power. It was uncomfortable and savage and obscene and that’s what Trump and his enablers wrought.

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  1. minx says:

    Good, she shouldn’t. Don’t apologize to these a**holes.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      yup. as Dave Chappelle said, “she didn’t pander to ANYBODY”…she didn’t.

      and I love her for it.

      she shouldn’t have to apologize for saying truthful things, even if they hurt some feelings. oh, poor thing, she made you uncomfortable by calling you out on your lies, or your complicity, or your desperation for ratings over the truth? GOOD. BE uncomfortable, and think about it, and squirm. maybe you’ll do better.

      and anyone who didn’t have outrage about 45 mocking a disabled reporter, and still voted for him after that?…YOU DON’T HAVE ANY RIGHT TO BE OUTRAGED, or demand an apology from her. 45 mocked someone for their disability. All Wolf did was speak the truth.

      • BearcatLawyer says:

        Dave Chappelle’s comments were amazing. He got it, even if the WHCA did not.

      • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

        Interesting how instead of focusing on the issues the content of her speech contained, the press as a whole has decided to spin this as bitchy comedian attacking another woman on her looks???! It’s almost as if they want you to see it as a silly girl fight and the “liberal media” standing up to a liberal to defend ALL women including conservative women.

        I remember them trashing Cobert just as horribly but then also discussing the content of his criticism. Nicole Wallace’s Deadline White House on MSNBC was the only News Show who was like, ‘a comedian points out the fact that Sarah Sanders is a liar who lies for her pathological liar boss to fool the American public and you are outraged?’ Yeah and Nicole Wallace is a Republican who everyday points out how crooked and horrible the Trump WH is. That’s actual feminism, holding both men and women equally responsible for being A-holes.

      • Carol says:

        I agree. She doesn’t need to and shouldn’t apologize to anyone for her performance.

        Having said that, I didnt think she was all that funny. I didn’t laugh at her jokes because I thought they were offensive. I didn’t laugh at her jokes because I just found them to be unfunny. I didnt mind her “attacks” on anyone but just felt her jokes fell flat.

    • mia girl says:

      Oh, I do think there are apologies to be made.

      I want all those a**holes to apologize to Ann Dowd for insinuating that Wolf’s comparison of SHS to Dowd’s character on Handmaid’s Tale was making fun of Suckabee’s looks. That is what I am outraged about because Dowd is a fanfreakintastic actress and a lovely looking woman.

    • Larne says:

      I think the press is using the SHS joke as a bait and switch, IMO what the media is really angry about is that Michelle Wolf called them out and called attention to their LOVE of Donald Trump ratings, money he brings them commercially and how they threw away journalistic integrity to help create this mess.

  2. Neelyo says:

    “Be true to yourself. Never apologize. Burn it to the ground.”

    Love that and love her.

  3. WhatThe says:

    Funny how Trump and his cohorts can dish it out, but are unable to take it. Whiny snowflake crybabies!

  4. Nn says:

    Um….so we’re not going to talk about her racist tweets?

  5. justcrimmles says:

    She said what no one whose job it actually is to say, has so far failed or refused to say. This could only bolster her career, because the people who are most offended by her speech here, aren’t the ones who regularly partake of her work.

    And personally, after a weekend of being called a snowflake by one of my dumbass cousins (who swears he has proof Obama is in the Muslim Brotherhood 🙄🙄🙄 because the national guard is privvy to all Intel, I guess?) all because I had the audacity to point out he should check facts and stop saying things like “Obama and Hillary deserve the firing squad for their crimes, and I’d like to pull the trigger,” it’s refreshing to see some of these assholes called out to their own faces. Couldn’t happen to a nicer, better bunch.

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      Do we have the same cousin!? To be fair, mine usually doubles down with some sort of anti-Semitic George Sorros BS, but still

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Maybe you should report him to the FBI for threats issued to those politicians.

      • justcrimmles says:

        I told him if he kept sending me things that said that, I would report him. He thought I meant to Facebook. Idiot. I wound up deleting him and a couple others for similar things. And I looked into what constitutes a threat to the president. If I understand correctly, one would have to prove that there is intent behind the threat? But he’s so arrogant, as are his parents and siblings, that they could be interviewed by someone checking this whole thing out and completely wind up idioting themselves into fines and/or jail time. I’m still looking further into it, because for 8 long years, and now two more, it’s been the same racist, hateful bs. And as for reporting anything to Facebook, I’ve done that in the past, two people who straight up used the n word in posts. As far as I know, nothing happened to them (they weren’t people I know.) So I trust Facebook as much as I trust Chester Cheeto.

  6. Becks says:

    She was awesome.

    If people didn’t find some of her jokes funny – that’s fine. Whatever. Different senses of humor, etc.

    But the level of vitriol being aimed at her because she was “indecent” or whatever is just ridiculous.

    I like what Jake Tapper said on PSA – if we want to have a discussion on decency, that’s fine. but the trump administration and supporters have a long way to go in that discussion before we get to the WHCD.

  7. BitingPanda says:

    Wish I knew the friend’s name so that I can attribute the quote I most definitely will be using to the correct source.

    “Be true to yourself. Never apologize. Burn it to the ground.” this and “Here’s to the women who come to napalm the room apologetically.” are my two new inner pep talks.

  8. suz says:

    i’m so happy she’s not apologizing. i watched her HBO special a month or so ago and was surprised that she was chosen for the WHCD; she’s amazingly raunchy. that abortion joke was tough but it was AMAZING.

    go michelle. you’re making us proud.

  9. Relli80 says:

    I thought it was hilarious, good for her!

  10. Nicole says:

    She shouldn’t back down

  11. Lilly says:

    Good. Can’t stand the heat, get out of office.

  12. Lala says:

    To quote…the not so great Nene Leakes….

    “I SAID…WHAT I SAID!!”

  13. K-Peace says:

    She has nothing to apologize for. I love how she confidently stood up there, spoke the truth, and “burned it down”. And she was funny. She did an amazing job. So proud of her.

  14. Rumi says:

    I love it when a woman stands by her truthful unapologetic words. They wouldn’t have treated a man like this, yet as a woman she’s been dragged. Imagine if it were John Oliver (love btw) who said everything she did verbatim. Would he have gotten this kind of backlash?
    Donald is a press Maverick, he knows exactly what to say and do and the press goes crazy.
    Michelle you keep doing you! I got some of my best laughs this year from you.

  15. adastraperaspera says:

    No apology is necessary. Michelle Wolf, please hold the line.

  16. HK9 says:

    I was just able to listen to her whole speech. It was funny and she told no lies. I don’t know what all the pearl clutching is about as this is supposed to be a roast. Where is the indecency? Flint still doesn’t have clean water, children are still being killed in schools, the current administration is being subpoena’d all over the place but she’s indecent?? Sure-ok. Glad she didn’t apologize, and if they don’t like it, they can kick rocks.

  17. naomipaige says:

    She was friggen fantastic. I couldn’t stop laughing when I heard it. All the babies are running for their pacifiers, because someone made fun of them. Boo hoo. These cranky people need to GTFU!

    It’s BS, the dumpster can say whatever he wants about anybody, and never once issue an apology, but the minute someone says something these people don’t like, that probably hits too close to home for them, the sh*t hits the fan!

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Absolutely true. Trump has said insulting, outright nasty, profane things to pretty much everyone in his path for over a year now. It’s a daily thing. Does anyone remember the “President” yelling on a football field during the “taking a knee” uproar? He said “Get that son of a bitch off the field!”. So dignified. Where is the outrage over Trump’s ugly mouth?

      • naomipaige says:

        @EscapedConvent:
        Exactly! It’s pretty scary all of the people that are still in support of him. His behavior is atrocious. I could be wrong , but I don’t ever remember a person in the WH ever behaving this way. He’s a total embarrassment to this country. He is completely mentally unstable.

  18. EscapedConvent says:

    I’ve been trying to understand what she said that was so offensive. I wasn’t offended at all. In fact, I thought she went easy on them. Much worse has been said there. I don’t know—-maybe my “offense meter” is broken.

    Or maybe those comments were too much for the crowd because a woman said them.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      This. She has nothing to apologize for jeesus. A comedian made uncomfortable jokes, how bizarre. I didn’t laugh at her jokes only because the shit is too real, and my resting sad face has turned bitchy the past year-and-a-half. It’s hard to get me to laugh about anything relating to current events. But the backlash is what’s angering. How can an entire administration escape any backlash, but a 20-minute roast job has people gasping for air and clutching pearls??? I mean…W.T.F???

    • Larne says:

      I think the press got called out by her and they are mad, so using the SHS joke as ammo.
      Also the press wants to keep their access to SHS.

  19. Rapunzel says:

    Considering Trumpsters have shirts that say “f-ck your feelings,” I’m not here for their outrage over a Maybeline joke.

    And no, SHS doesn’t have class, Trumpsters. Classy people don’t whine like this. Now Michelle Obama, who put up with 8 years of being called monkey, and a dude, all while not responding, that is class.

  20. JosieH says:

    “…she wasn’t there to celebrate the media.”

    Uh, neither was Wolf.

    • Eve V says:

      Check Sanders’ Facebook

    • Kitten says:

      No and she said as much. Wolf was hired to roast the media, not to kiss their ass. I do think that’s different than a WHPS who has an obligation to at least maintain a basic-level, respectful working relationship with the WHPC and other journalists.

      • JosieH says:

        Then Sanders fulfilled her obligation. She was there, she was respectful.

      • Kitten says:

        Nope. Please try again.

        A White House Press Secretary’s sole obligation isn’t to show up in the President’s place because he’s too fragile to deal with being ribbed by a comedian. Her job is to facilitate an open line of communication between the Executive branch and the Press Corps. Her role is to answer questions in a fair and truthful way, not to parrot lies to protect the President’s crimes and not to flat-out refuse to answer questions that she doesn’t like.

        Additionally, not standing up during the awards, shows a lack of professionalism and basic decorum. Not that I would expect anything more from these utterly reprehensible people.

      • noway says:

        Yes this and the only comments from the media that I think are helpful are the ones which say maybe in this climate they need to cancel the roast part, especially considering part of the roast is to the President who doesn’t show. Michelle was what they normally do and was good, but without the President’s rebuttal part of the roast and just Sarah Sanders dower face it just isn’t the same.

        Michelle did her job so they should all shut up about that though.

      • Christin says:

        Because she is so insulting to journalists in her job, I wouldn’t have had much sympathy had there actually been derogatory jokes about her looks. I don’t know what people watched, but I saw the 20-minute “roast” live.

        Sullen faced Sarah just couldn’t take any criticism of her performance. And the media fed the narrative for two days, which is highly disappointing.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “She (Sanders) was there, she was respectful.”

        Was she, though? When Wolf says that Sanders refused to stand for journalists receiving awards for their work, do you think that is respectful?

    • diana says:

      No she was there to call the media on its bullshit and she isn’t denying it.

  21. Stella in NH says:

    Was it David Chappell who compared her to George Carlin? That in itself is the best compliment one could get.

  22. Shannon says:

    I told a friend of mine who complained about it, “Would he look back at a comedian who dragged the crap out of Hitler back in the day?” When you see something, say something. She was given a platform and she used it brilliantly. And FFS, she didn’t insult anyone about their looks.

  23. Pandy says:

    And she shouldn’t!!! She was great. SO funny …. and isn’t that WHY you hire a comedian????

  24. babu says:

    Don t give them an inch, Michelle, you were perfect.

  25. hkk says:

    Yes, Wolf! No apologies. I’m glad she’s getting this kind of attention. I knew she was funny from The Daily Show but honestly didn’t realize she had all these opinions – love it so much! She’s not a journalist, she can say what she wants! And the Organizer apologizing for this – pathetic!

  26. Lindy says:

    She was fearless and said only true things. I’m here for it all day long.

  27. hogtowngooner says:

    Good for her. Considering how much Trump fans love him because he “tells it like it is” they are remarkably huffy about Michelle Wolf doing just that on Saturday night.

    And the media jumping on her for her vulgarity – where was that outrage during the 2016 campaign when Trump literally called Mexicans rapists and drug dealers? Oh right, they were so scared to be called biased that they thought if they focused just as much time on Hillary’s e-mails it would mean they were objective. Now they’re posturing and grovelling to SHS so she doesn’t revoke their press room access. Pathetic.

  28. Reece says:

    I want her friend’s quote on a t-shirt.

  29. artistsnow says:

    Listen to Michelle on Terry Gross today on NPR. She rocks.Such an honest, courageous, profound thinker this woman. She is cautious and careful as well but with balls to the wall in her art. That is pushing the envelope. Give the gal an award!!! Michelle broke the Reporters Ball!!

    • adastraperaspera says:

      I listed to this interview today, and Michelle Wolf was really open, humorous, interesting and strongly feminist. She told Terry that she wouldn’t dissect her Maybelline joke for anyone–they could just read it, as it was written to be very obvious. I had not heard of Michelle Wolf before the WHCD last week. I’m impressed with her.

  30. Floydee Mercer says:

    Hey hey hey. Hey hey hey. This is my life as a renegade. Not everyone has the guts. As I watched the set, I wouldn’t have been any prouder of her had I birthed her. I wish her good fortune, good health and a happy life.

  31. j says:

    “BUT HER RACIST TWEETS” is just a transparent attempt to change the subject away from her performance and the cold hard truths she served. always clock the counter narrative, ladies.

    • ChristineM65 says:

      Something tells me those ‘racist tweets’ she supposedly deleted are fake. Nobody, outside of the Daily Show crowd even knew who she was prior to the WHCD. So why were, and this is pretty amazing, only known conservative outlets reporting on these deleted tweets? And the screenshots of these ‘supposed tweets’ look pretty off (doctored maybe).

      So yeah, why were these conservative people taking screenshots of tweets from someone they had no idea existed until the WHCD.

      I watch TDS and know Michelle, and she’s not racist, based on what I’ve seen her do for years over there. I just find this hard to swallow.

      • Nn says:

        They are not fake, they are very real.
        Of course CNN and the likes aren’t going to report on it, when have they ever when it comes to Democrats saying/doing racist things?
        She has not denied it by the way which she would if it was all fake.
        I don’t know what’s so hard to swallow about it, it’s not like it’s this rare thing that a white female comedienne says something racist.
        Chelsea handler is a proud democrat yet she called Angelina jolie and brad pitts daughter Zahara a monkey and other racist things I won’t repeat here.
        What’s disappointing is people’s disbelief that a white female could ever be racist.
        It’s disturbing how completely blind people are to it, especially white females racism against black women which is very much real and happens all the time.

        And there is an easy way to find racist tweets. You literally just write some racist word on search and it comes up.
        And you can see when someone deletes tweets because the count nr changes from x amount to fewer tweets. She deleted 20 000 tweets of her racist “jokes”.
        Nothing off about those tweets, just the copy and paste.
        Again, they are real and she has yet to deny it even though people have been tagging her constantly, she has been advised to ignore and it will go away.