Kathy Griffin “loved” that Michelle Wolf’s jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner made, as she put it, “backwards dinosaurs uncomfortable,” and took to Twitter Sunday to defend her fellow comedian, who has been hit hard with criticism.
“Michelle Wolf’s set was great. She was hilarious and confident,” Griffin wrote in a lengthy thread, adding that the “Daily Show” contributor “took no prisoners” and that she “went after everyone,” not just press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
But it was Wolf’s comments about Sanders that created an enormous backlash, as many felt that the comedian got way too personal.
“I have to admit I’m a little starstruck,” Wolf said during her act. “Sarah, I love you as Aunt Lydia in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.'”
And she didn’t stop there. “Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited, because I’m not really sure what we’re gonna get,” Wolf said. “You know, a press briefing, a bunch of lies, or divided into softball teams.”
Griffin explained that Wolf wasn’t hired to be fair and balanced; She was hired to “roast,” to poke fun at powerful people.
“A comic’s job is to go over the line and then push the line and go over it again…By pushing the line we force people to think differently, to ask questions, and disrupt the status quo,” Griffin wrote.
The media’s criticism of Wolf while giving a pass to some of President Trump’s comments and behavior is a bone of contention for Griffin. Demand for Wolf and the White Couse Correspondents’ Association to apologize are “absurd,” wrote Griffin, pointing out that the media has never demanded that the president or his staff apologize for their “horrific” statements.
“I’ll tell you what has the media so upset,” Griffin wrote, “because @michelleisawolf told the truth about them last night and the role they played in allowing Trump’s rise. They hate to be called out on their bulls–t, it’s painful..I get it. But she said what needed to be said.”
Griffin concluded, “Anyone pearl clutching over her comments and demanding she apologize needs to demand that Trump apologize for calling women fat pigs, slobs, talking about their bodies.”
Click here to read Griffin’s entire thread on the issue.