Dystopia-watchers had another anxious weekend, as attendees of the White House Correspondents Dinner heard jokes from host Michelle Wolf about press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders being an unapologetic liar and traitor to women and decided to wag their fingers at Wolf for referencing eye makeup and comparing Sanders to Ann Dowd’s Aunt Lydia on The Handmaid’s Tale. (Which is only a mean-spirited jab at Sanders’ looks if you leap right over Aunt Lydia’s role as an enforcer for a misogynist, totalitarian government on the show and land on “Ann Dowd is ugly,” but we digress.)
This, naturally, fed into the anti-press sentiments of a right-wing media who would call a rainy day “millions of paid protestors spitting in our faces on the orders of George Soros” if it suited their agenda. By this morning, it had spiraled into this:
Thus, the collective march towards Laurence W. Britt’s definition of fascism took another step forward as New York Times correspondents and Fox News pundits alike condemned Wolf as a big old meanie for poking fun at a woman who calls women who have accused her boss of sexual assault liars on the regular. Now, the White House Correspondents Association itself has joined in the chorus of finger-wagging at Wolf’s monologue in a statement posted to Twitter.
In the statement, WHCA president Margaret Taley rolls over to expose her soft underbelly (which is a reference to canine submissive behavior, not a crack at Taley’s weight, in case any WHCA members are reading this) by writing that she has “heard from members expressing dismay with the entertainer’s monologue”—Wolf isn’t mentioned by name—that “I am committed to hearing from members on your views on the format of the dinner going forward,” and “unfortunately, the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of the mission.” The-entertainer-who-shall-not-be-named responded on Instagram: