Kathy Griffin rose to the defense of comedian Michelle Wolf with an 800-word thread on Twitter Sunday. The statement comes after Wolf is being asked to apologize by many for jokes she made while hosting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday evening. As of publishing, the Kathy Griffin Michelle Wolf response has been retweeted more than 16,000 times.
Griffin points out that Wolf did a great job and roasted everyone, which she was hired to do. “She wasn’t hired to offer media analysis or be fair and balanced,” Griffin explains. “She was hired to poke fun at powerful people. Not once did she punch down. She focused on the people/institutions that are powerful beyond measure.”
Griffin was particularly critical of members of the press for chastising Wolf and asking for her and the White House Correspondents Association to apologize.
“What I’m concerned about is that journalists often say they can’t use certain language about Trump because they have to be objective,” she says. “Fine. But they’re willing to use words like ‘mean’ about a comic’s act? How is it objective to offer subjective commentary about a comic’s joke’s about POTUS?”
Griffin actually was there at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday night, as a guest of LGBT newspaper the Washington Blade.
Kathy Griffin makes some great points during her 800 word rant, especially when she compares Wolf’s act from Saturday night to many of the comments Trump has made. If these people are asking Wolf to apologize, why aren’t they also asking Trump to apologize for statements he has made, too?
You can read the Kathy Griffin Michelle Wolf response statement right here:
A) Ok I have some thoughts on @michelleisawolf’s act and the reaction to it from members of the press and other DC insiders. For the record, I was in the room last night. @michelleisawolf’s set was great. She was hilarious and confident.
B) First, @michelleisawolf took no prisoners last night. She roasted Trump, Pence, White House staffers, the media, media personalities. Everyone is focused on Sanders but that was only 1 1/2 minutes of Michelle’s act. She went after everyone…as it should be.
C) @michelleisawolf was hired to do a roast. That was her job. She wasn’t hired to offer media analysis or be fair and balanced. She was hired to poke fun at powerful people. Not once did she punch down. She focused on the people/institutions that are powerful beyond measure
D) A comic’s job is to go over the line and then push the line and go over it again. Great comics aren’t supposed to be safe or careful. That would mean we’re not doing our job. By pushing the line we force people to think differently, to ask questions, and disrupt the status quo
E) Comics by their nature are anti-establishment. They are charged with the often unenviable task of going after people in power. It’s a lot easier to tell jokes about the difference between LA and NYC or cats and dogs.
F) Enough with holding everyone else but the President of the United States and his staff to higher standards. This does not mean i don’t recognize that investigative journalists at the NYT and WAPO etc are doing their part to expose this administration..what I’m concerned about.
G) Is that journalists often say they can’t use certain language about Trump because they have to be objective. Fine. But they’re willing to use words like “mean” about a comic’s act? How is it objective to offer subjective commentary about a comic’s joke’s about POTUS?
H) Trump chooses not to attend the #WHCD – instead the White House said Sarah Sanders was attending in his place. She sat on the dais where the President usually sits. So of course she was going to get some of the toughest jokes, she was Trump’s proxy.
I) The calls for the @whca and @michelleisawolf to apologize are absurd. They’re coming from reporters and many Trumpers. Trump has famously (and he says this himself) never truly apologized because he thinks it makes him look weak.
J) And no the apology for the Access Hollywood tape doesn’t count because now Trump goes around telling people he doesn’t think the voice is his per NYT. So cut the bullshit.
K) Andrea, it was nice to meet you last night and I respect your work as a journalist, but when’s the last time you demanded Trump or WH staffers apologize for their horrific statements? When’s the last time you demanded Trump apologize for being a birther?
L) By the way for the @Scaramucci @dmartosko’s of the world please tell me why anyone should apologize when Trump has never apologized for lying for years about Obama’s birthplace and then at a press conference took no responsibility for it and lied again.
M) I’ll tell you what has the media so upset, 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 bullshit, it’s painful..I get it. But she said what needed to be said.
N) 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? Is that where we’re at now? Can someone explain the difference to me?
O) This administration (and the reporters who intentionally or indirectly support it) are always demanding that artists apologize. From the Hamilton Cast to me to @michelleisawolf. But they never apologize for anything.
P) Also @michelleisawolf never talked about Sanders’ appearance, she was talking about her character. But 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
Q) Not to mention, apologize for comments like “blood coming out of her…” – but no they haven’t demanded that of him because they’re terrified of Trump. Instead, they go after a comic who is paid to make jokes. They go after her instead of a man with real power. Pathetic.
R) BS @dmartosko. Sarah was there on the dais as a proxy for the President. That’s how the White House billed It. Michelle couldn’t just focus on just Trump because he was too scared to show up.
S) Stop acting like @michelleisawolf showed up at the playground and started making fun of Sarah Sanders in front of her children. Sarah was there representing Trump, on the dais, at an event with a professional comic who was hired to do a roast.