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Kathy Griffin Defended Michelle Wolf's Correspondents' Dinner Jokes With An Important Point

by Tod Perry

April 30, 2018

Kathy Griffin knows what it feels like to be the target of outrage.

In May 2017, she posed for a photo holding a fake, bloody head of Donald Trump, which resulted in massive backlash and the cancellation of her comedy tour. Now, she’s slowly making her way back to the spotlight after an appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher” and an upcoming sold-out show at Carnegie Hall.

On April 29, Griffin stood up for comedienne Michelle Wolf, who’s facing criticism for her performance at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner the night before.

The dinner traditionally features a comedian who roasts the president and his administration. But President Trump has refused to attend the event for the past two years, bucking a tradition that began with Calvin Coolidge in 1924. 

During her performance, Wolf joked about the president’s alleged affair with Stormy Daniels, the Roy Moore scandal, and Donald Trump, Jr.,’s hair — but her riff on Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has caused the most controversy:

“Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited because I’m not really sure what we’re going to get: You know, a press briefing, a bunch of lies, or divided into softball teams. ‘It’s shirts and skins, and this time, don’t be such a little bitch, Jim Acosta.’

“I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. Like, she burns facts, and then she uses the ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Like, maybe she’s born with it; maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.

“And I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders. You know, is it Sarah Sanders? Is Sarah Huckabee Sanders? Is it Cousin Huckabee? Is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders? Like, what’s Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women? Oh, I know: Aunt Coulter.”

Wolf received a lot of criticism for supposedly mocking Sanders’ looks, but all she said was that Sanders has “perfect smokey” eye makeup. 

Some in the media also spoke out against her performance:

As expected, plenty of pearl-clutching conservative talking heads spoke out against Wolf’s performance. 

These folks must have forgotten they supported Trump, a man who’s made terrible comments about women’s looks, mocked a disabled reporter (and is actively trying to decimate the social supports that keep disabled people alive), and bullied his political opponents by giving them childish nicknames.

Griffin, who was in attendance at the dinner, came to Wolf’s aid on Twitter, calling the press hypocritical.

“So journalists are willing to demand that a comic hired to roast people apologize but they aren’t willing to demand that Trump or his staff apologize to people?” Griffin tweeted. “Is that where we’re at now? Can someone explain the difference to me?”

Check out her comments below:

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Kathy Griffin Defended Michelle Wolf's Correspondents' Dinner Jokes With An Important Point