In response to the outrage following Michelle Wolf’s performance at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, late night hosts were quick to point out the hypocrisy in that outrage. One point of contention was that the White House Correspondent’s Association (WHCA) put out a statement condemning Wolf’s performance. On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Colbert, who hosted the event in 2006, said, “This was a roast, and you’re the ones who hired Michelle Wolf. Being mad at her is like being mad at a valet for briefly stealing your car.”
Besides condemnation from the WHCA, much of the outrage aimed at Wolf is coming from conservatives who support Donald Trump. One of Wolf’s jokes that’s drawn so much anger has been misconstrued as making fun of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ appearance (It was about eye shadow). Other jokes were considered vulgar, and that’s where the hypocrisy lies because Trump himself has made inappropriate comments about the appearance of some women, made comments some consider vulgar, and has made jokes some would consider inappropriate for a sitting president to be making. Colbert even brought back his ultra-conservative persona from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report to illustrate the hypocrisy.
“I’m so proud that the press is defending her (Huckabee Sanders), despite the fact her boss joked about throwing reporters in jail,” Colbert said. “That's comedy the press likes. More jokes like that, Michelle!”
On The Daily Show, where Wolf used to work, Trevor Noah said conservatives need to take Huckabee Sanders’ advice from when she defended Trump over something he said. “Maybe you guys should get a sense of humor and try it some time, but he simply made a joke,” Huckabee Sanders said in a press conference. Noah responded, “Exactly. Get a sense of humor, snowflakes.”
On Late Night with Seth Meyers, where Wolf also used to work, Meyers, who hosted the Correspondent’s Dinner in 2011, admitted that Wolf is filthy and mean, and that she bears similarities to the president. “She is filthy and she is mean, which is what we love about her,” Meyers said. “Because those are wonderful qualities for comedians and terrible qualities for free world leaders.”