More Than A Quarter of Tellwut Respondents Said That Michelle Wolf Crossed The Line

Rising comedy star Michelle Wolf made headlines last week in response to her monologue at the White House Correspondents’’ Association’s annual dinner. The event has been hosted every spring since 1921 to "acknowledge award-winners, present scholarships, and give the press and the president an evening of friendly appreciation" and since 1983 it has a featured speaker which has usually been a comedian, with the dinner taking on the form of a 'roast' of the president and his administration. A little over one quarter (27%) of Tellwut respondents had said they had watched Wolf’s monologue prior to taking the survey on May 2nd.

 

Wolf took jabs at Democrats, Republicans, the press pool and even herself, “honestly, I never really thought I'd be a comedian. But I did take an aptitude test in seventh grade — and this is 100 percent true — I took an aptitude test in seventh grade, and it said in my best profession was a clown or a mime. Well, at first it said clown, and then it heard my voice and then was like, “Or maybe mime. Think about mime.”

 

She drew much criticism for her jokes about Sarah Huckabee Sanders. One of Wolf’s most memorable one liners was, "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. Like maybe she's born with it, maybe it's lies. It's probably lies." One Tellwut panel member said, “the joke about Sarah Sanders was cruel about her weight” – when referencing the transcript of Wolf’s monologue, there were no references to Huckabee-Sanders weight. 29% of Tellwut online survey respondents said that Wolf “crossed the line” with her jokes, however few were able to reference which comment of Wolf’s was “too offensive”.

 

President Trump was a regular attendee of the event during previous administrations but since he has became President he has been notably absent. The Monday after the event he tweeted that the dinner was "embarrassing" and the event is "dead" -- indicating he won't be attending next year either. An American Tellwut member said, “Funny how fat boy (Trump) and company can dish it out, but clutch their pearls when they are the butt of the jokes.” This is a valid point as Trump has insulted the intelligence of his contemporaries and referred to women that he dislikes as ugly and fat numerous times on camera. The majority of Tellwut respondents were undecided on whether or not the comedic portion of the annual dinner should end, 33% said it shouldn’t, and 27% said it should.

 

Later this month Michelle Wolf’s web television variety show entitled “The Break with Michelle Wolf” will debut on Netflix. The program will differ from other late night comedy show’s as it will have no political agenda and according to Deadline she will just be “making fun of everything and everybody.”

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