Rage. It’s all the rage.
Comedian Michelle Wolf is under fire for benign remarks about the press secretary. Is stupid controversy all we know?
On Saturday, comedian Michelle Wolf performed at the annual circle jerk known as the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Wolf made headlines and has come under scrutiny from those in the media and political establishment for her jokes directed toward White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Some, including New York Times political reporter Maggie Haberman and NBC anchor Andrea Mitchell have denounced Wolf for what they think were unwarranted remarks about Sanders’ appearance.
This part of Wolf’s routine has garnered the most widespread attention:
“I’m a little starstruck. I love you as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale. I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. She burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye. Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”
The “attacks” on what Sanders looks like were entirely non-existent. Here’s the point Wolf was actually making: the public face of the Trump administration, the person tasked with explaining to the American people what their elected officials are doing, lies. She misleads constantly and without hesitation. This is certainly something worth drawing attention to, even — especially — if that person is sitting a mere ten feet away.
If you are a journalist angry that a comedian made fun of some of the most powerful people on Earth, you should look inward. Wolf’s criticisms of the Trump administration are warranted, and even important. We are a country increasingly untethered to reality, and it’s the responsibility of the media to hold accountable those who willingly ignore the truth in order to fit their narrative and stroke the laughably fragile ego of our Commander-in-Chief.
Being outraged because Wolf snuck damning political commentary into a joke about makeup does not serve the best interest of the public. Whether or not you agree with Wolf’s words, engage with what she said, not how she said it.