I guess I have no idea what’s going on anymore. When I wrote up that story about the White House Correspondents’ Dinner yesterday, in the early morning, I saw that all of the Deplorables were in full meltdown mode, whinging and crying about how the most powerful woman in the world, a minor comedian whom I had barely heard of, punched down and “attacked” all of the President’s Wingnuts (sidenote: All the President’s Wingnuts will be the title of the next Trumper book). I thought the story would last for a few hours into Sunday and then die as twenty other catastrophes swarmed. I thought that only a handful of journalists were really going to choose performative outrage towards Michelle Wolf. How wrong I was.
What ended up happening was a 36-hour full-fledged scandal about… a comedian who was hired to tell jokes. Who got up and told jokes. I have to wonder if the outrage would be this intense if the comedian was a dude? But if the comedian was a dude, half those jokes wouldn’t have landed like they did. Was Michelle Wolf harsh and obscene? YES. And that’s why her set was f–king priceless. This presidency is harsh and obscene, so birds of a feather. Anyway, because everything is bullsh-t, the White House Correspondents’ Association actually released a g–damn statement about Wolf’s set.
— WHCA (@whca) April 30, 2018
No, seriously: WTF is happening here? Why all the pearl-clutching? Why are being told that Sarah Huckabee Sanders – a flaming a–hole who spews lies for a fascist white supremacist – is the real victim here, and that Michelle Wolf is somehow the biggest mean girl that all of DC’s sensitive souls have ever encountered?
The ❄️❄️❄️ response to @michelleisawolf is blowing my mind. If you're offended by a comedian mocking our sadistic rulers maybe shut up forever about college students and their safe spaces.
— Michelle Goldberg (@michelleinbklyn) April 29, 2018
where was this sisterhood of the traveling journalistic outrage during the 2016 campaign
— shauna (@goldengateblond) April 29, 2018
Watching a wife and mother be humiliated on national television for her looks is deplorable. I have experienced insults about my appearance from the president. All women have a duty to unite when these attacks happen and the WHCA owes Sarah an apology.
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) April 29, 2018
If reporters and others were offended by Michelle Wolf—fine. But after rationalizing vicious insults for two years, all Trump supporters have forfeited all claims of outrage.
— Jonathan Alter (@jonathanalter) April 29, 2018
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