WH Correspondents' Association Responds To Criticism Of Comedian

May 01, 2018, 08:43
WH Correspondents' Association Responds To Criticism Of Comedian

There's an important backdrop for this dinner debate: President Trump's sustained attacks against the news media, including the White House press corps.

The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) spurred additional backlash at the White House Correspondents' Dinner after it released a statement on Sunday night about comedian Michelle Wolf's performance. Did Wolf's humor step over the line?

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders arrives on stage at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington, April 28, 2018. Everyone is talking about the fact that the White House Correspondents Dinner was a very big, boring bust.the so-called comedian really "bombed". But rightwing commentators fumed that she went too far in calling Trump a "pussy" and humiliating his daughter and his aides, notably White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders, claiming they were body-shamed.

Wolf denied she body-shamed Sanders, insisting that the jokes were about her "despicable behaviour".

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.

But Talev stopped short of apologizing in an appearance on CNN's "Reliable Sources".

"I'm never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders", she continued. "On the outside, she looks sleek, but the inside, it's still full of (expletive)", she said. "I wanted to cater to the outside audience, and not betray my brand of comedy".

It stressed on the fact that the comedian's routine was not in accordance with the spirit of the Association. "Comedy is meant to provoke thought and debate".

"I wasn't expecting this level (of controversy), but I'm also not disappointed there's this level", she said. "Ah I know, Aunt Coulter".

The dinner's organizers describe it as a celebration of the First Amendment. So I think a lot of conservatives and Trump fans looked at that and said, oh, this is beyond the pale.

Wolf, on the other hand, has been a writer on Late Night with Seth Meyers, a correspondent on The Daily Show, and has an upcoming series of her own with Netflix, titled The Break.

Henry noted that he selected comedian Conan O'Brien to perform at the dinner in 2013 when former President Barack Obama attended that dinner because he knew O'Brien was a "professional".

Wolf joked that Ivanka Trump had proven as useful to women as "a box of empty tampons".

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