That sounds terrible. I get it. But consider this. On average, around Ten students are killed per year by gunfire at school. Fourteen times more kill themselves, on purpose, with guns at home. Willingly leveraging the tragic deaths of the latter group to push policy about the former group is disgustingly disrespectful behavior. Everyone should stop doing it. Especially when the policies being pushed have no efficacy.
While the WHCA never censors its performers, there is supposed to be an understanding. It’s okay if the jokes “singe” their targets, but by no means are comedians to “burn” them. Tonight, Michelle Wolf heaved a molotov cocktail out into the crowd, and then burst a second one right at her feet. She pulled no comedic punches, possibly drifting over the line to “just mean.” Such things have long had a place in comedy, with varying degrees of success, but normally they don’t have a place in politics. However, in the past three or so years, politics has changed. Words like “pussy” and “shithole” and “fucking moron” have worked their way into news about the current United States President. And, even though his fans will likely be outraged at her, they are the same people who’ve clamored for an end to “political correctness” and the “phony” civility of normal politics.
I’m talking about the myopia in creating a world where every group is constantly trying to one-up the others — sustaining the swinging pendulum of power which perpetuates inequality and resentment, from generation to generation.