One of television’s most outspoken critics of Donald Trump will host a counterprogramming event billed as “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” taking place the same night as the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
TBS announced plans today for the gala event, a special installment of Samantha Bee’s TBS late-night show, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.” The event will take place Saturday, April 29, at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.
TBS notes that Bee will be “welcoming journalists and non-irritating celebrities from around the world. We suspect some members of the press may find themselves unexpectedly free that night, and we want to feed them and give them hugs.”
Added Bee: “Executives at TBS offered their full support of the gala by nodding politely and then muttering under their breath as we turned around. The evening is sure to bring plenty of surprises, music, food, and laughter — and if you’re not careful you just might learn something. Specifically, you’ll learn how screwed we’d be without a free press.”
The TBS announcement also notes: “Though unrelated, Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner will happen at the exact same time as the official White House Correspondents’ Dinner. What an incredible coincidence.”
TBS adds: “All proceeds for ‘Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner’ will go to the Committee to Protect Journalists (cpj.org), whether they like it or not. They certainly didn’t ask for the support of a woman whom Newsbusters once called ‘an unfunny, feminist battle ax.'”
Bee added: “We’re really doing this. This is not a joke.”