Some observers are saying a comedian went too far in a monologue delivered Saturday at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
The New York Times reports that Michelle Wolf, who has been a contributor and writer for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” delivered “a roast that took unflinching aim at some of the notables in the room — and quickly opened a divide, largely but not entirely along partisan lines, over the limits of comedy and comity under a president who rarely hesitates to attack the press.”
“Ms. Wolf described Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, as ‘an Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women’ and took a shot at her ‘smokey eye’ makeup, saying that it was made from the ashes of ‘burnt facts,'” The Times reports. “She called Ivanka Trump ‘as helpful to women as an empty box of tampons.’ She labeled Kellyanne Conway, the president’s counselor, an inveterate liar, and asked: ‘If a tree falls in the woods, how do we get Kellyanne under that tree?’”
Wolf added: “I’m not suggesting she get hurt, just stuck.” The Times notes at this point that “an icy silence — and a few scattered chortles — fell over the black-tie crowd. … Ms. Conway sat expressionlessly. Ms. Sanders, granted a seat of honor on the dais, limited her reaction to an arched eyebrow and pursed lips.”
Soon after Wolf wrapped up her set, “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade said: “It was personally offensive.”
The Times also quotes Kilmeade saying: “To me, that was an attack to impress Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Congratulations, when the three of you go out to dinner, I’m sure you’ll be laughing a lot. But in terms of the people here and the people at home — totally offensive, horrible choice. In fact, it’s the reason why the president didn’t want to go.”
Here’s Wolf’s monologue, posted by NBC …