Michelle Wolf Stands By Her Speech At White House Correspondents Dinner
Following her controversial performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Michelle Wolf sparked controversy over some of the jokes she made. However, she does not take back anything she said.
Wolf had an interview with NPR after her speech, she is proud that she stayed true to herself and comedy, rather trying to please everyone else in the room.
“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 said.
She believes that just because she is a woman, that she was going to be easy on the guests. “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,” she said.
Wolf’s jabs towards White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders caused the most debate. Some people considered her jokes as mean spirited, which was not the intention of the dinner. Critics believed that Wolf was making fun of her looks, but she believes that she was more focused on her behavior.
“I mean, if there is two people that I actually made fun of their looks on Saturday, it was Mitch McConnell and Chris Christie,” Wolf says, “I made fun of Mitch McConnell’s neck and I did a small jab at Chris Christie’s weight, and no one is jumping to their defense.”
Wolf also explained that she noticed Sanders was not celebrating the press, as was everyone else. “They were giving out awards, and everyone was standing to congratulate the people who were getting awards, and Sarah was sitting,” Wolf said. “I would say if this is about celebrating the media, she wasn’t there to celebrate the media.”
Following her speech, the organizers of the dinner released a statement saying that Wolf’s monologue was “not in spirit of the mission.”
— WHCA (@whca) April 30, 2018
Supporters and critics alike added to the controversy.
This is why I think they shouldn’t even have it. Inviting someone to speak freely and then kneecapping her like this is the worst possible outcome. https://t.co/MXtTRZWFmt
— Linda Holmes (@lindaholmes) April 30, 2018
Every year, I see @whca attendees tweeting about how the dinner is about celebrating the First Amendment. That is sanctimonious enough. But this statement reveals anew what nonsense that is. This is performative rubbish, and I hope that next year’s comedian ridicules them for it. https://t.co/tmGcEAP0gm
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) April 30, 2018
Apology is owed to @PressSec and others grossly insulted ny Michelle Wolf at White House Correspondents Assoc dinner which started with uplifting heartfelt speech by @margarettalev – comedian was worst since Imus insulted Clinton’s
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) April 29, 2018