Dave Chappelle: Michelle Wolf's White House correspondents' dinner speech was 'cathartic'

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The Hill withdrew following the performance by comedian Michelle Wolf at Saturday night's dinner, during which she viciously and obscenely insulted President Trump and his aides. Some reporters have objected to her skewering of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, whom Wolf unflatteringly compared to the character Aunt Lydia in "The Handmaid's Tale". Her monologue was a well-constructed piece of comedy that needs to be seen in full to comprehend the context of the jokes, the subjects of which were carefully chosen. "What the (expletive) was up with that?" Remember Stephen Colbert's savage roasting of President George W. Bush at the Correspondents' Dinner in 2006? "You can't just say whatever you want".

Wolf's performance received mixed reviews.

But the WHCA itself backed down after the torrent of criticism, saying Wolf's routine was "not in the spirit of our mission".

"It's a complete disgrace that there wasn't a single person on the dais that interrupted that woman as filth was coming out of her mouth", Malkin said. That's like a parent sending an email saying, 'Yesterday's birthday was meant to celebrate Kevin turning 6 years old. Numerous critical responses to Wolf's caustic monologue wound up showing the extent to which the joke here truly is on tribal, insular Washington itself, and why cozy media events like Saturday's dinner are inevitably uncomfortable and better off put to rest.

"Why are you guys making this about Sarah's looks?" You have that right. Don't invite her back again. "But grow a pair".

"Michelle Wolf doesn't need anyone to defend her, but she is our friend". "Being mad at her for doing her job is like accusing the valet of briefly stealing her vehicle". The main part is that Michelle Wolf is 100% correct. "But it's not amusing because Michelle should have had the decency to not comment on women's appearances in any way, shape or form".

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This is ridiculous. They hired a comedian to tell jokes, and she did. She is filthy. And she is mean, which is what we love about her. Wolf also joked that Sanders used the ashes of burned facts for eye makeup. It's bad enough for journalists and politicians to be buddying up at a black tie dinner. And stop acting like you're surprised.

Of Sanders, Wolf cracked: "I actually really like Sarah".

I was talking about her personality and I think it says a lot about our society that you would immediately think I was talking about her looks rather than her personality.

As a woman, I have access to hit women in a way that men might not be able to hit them with jokes.

Michelle Wolf is right. You may recall, from the "Lord of the Rings", a symbol adopted by the Dark Lord during the Second Age and the Third Age.

After starting her career working at Bear Stearns and JPMorgan Chase, Wolf made her late-night comedy debut in July 2014 on Late Night with Seth Meyers.