By Dave Andrusko
I was of at least two minds whether to comment about Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ dinner in Washington, D.C. Why even discuss Michelle Wolf’s stomaching-turning performance which after about ten minutes of mild criticism, the Establishment Media decided was not foul-mouthed and tasteless but a marvelous example of “speaking truth to power”?
Then I thought this. What if any “comedian” lobbed volley after volley of vile personal attacks at President Obama, his wife or daughters, Vice President Biden, or any of Obama’s White House spokespeople, would the usual suspects hail her or him as a guardian of the people’s “right to know”?
I’m guessing not.
You probably hear about or read the specific comments Wolf made about abortion. If you didn’t—and you want to know why Hollywood/the media [two sides of the same coin] are so far removed from Middle America—here it is. Obviously, the words are offensive enough, but nothing compared to actually hearing them:
Mike Pence is very anti-choice. He thinks abortion is murder, which, first of all, don’t knock it till you try it. And when you do try it, really knock it. You know, you’ve got to get that baby out of there.
And yeah, sure, you can groan all you want. I know a lot of you are very anti-abortion, you know, unless it’s the one you got from your secret mistress. It’s fun how values can waver, but good for you.
What to say? Here are three points.
#1. First and foremost, let’s be clear whoever it was who chose Wolf knew exactly what they were getting. They would know her race to the bottom would start at the bottom and move toward the center of the earth.
#2. Remember “comedian” Kathy Griffin? Last year she participated in a photo shoot in which she held a bloodied and detached replica of President Trump’s head and then posted it on a tweet. Her career tanked for a while, but then (but since “retired”) Senator Al Franken (D-Mn.) told CNN at the time, “Kathy’s a friend and she’s a terrific comedian” and could recover from a “horrible mistake.”
Here’s the headline from the Miami Herald: “Kathy Griffin is becoming relevant again. She may have Michelle Wolf to thank.” We used to say a rising tide lifts all boats. Now our Hollywood/Media complex tells there is nothing you can say or do that will sink you permanently.
“Horrible mistakes” will become the norm and surely somebody else will act more outrageously than you have anyway. Not only will the latest outrage be celebrated (as long as the target is the Trump Administration or family), you become “relevant again.”
#3. Chris Cillizza, a Trump-hater if ever there was one, writes for the Washington Post and is a CNN Editor-at-large. Illustrating the blind squirrel finding a nut principle in action, he concluded his “5 takeaways on Michelle Wolf’s hugely controversial speech at the White House correspondents’ dinner” with this:
On a related note, her Netflix series, “The Break With Michelle Wolf” — comes on May 27. She couldn’t buy better publicity for that show than she got with her speech on Saturday night.
What a bunch.
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