The One Line From Michelle Wolf's Roast That People Should Actually Be Talking About
The controversial set ended on a defiant note of activism.
Comedian Michelle Wolf spared no one at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night.
She skewered President Donald Trump’s administration, cable news figures, and both Democrats and Republicans.
Along the way, she angered a lot of people who claimed she went too far in her jokes.
In particular, some people felt she was too harsh when she joked that US Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lies too much.
That @PressSec sat and absorbed intense criticism of her physical appearance, her job performance, and so forth, instead of walking out, on national television, was impressive.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 29, 2018
But what was largely a scathing takedown of Washington politics ended on a sobering note of activism.
“Flint still doesn’t have clean water,” Wolf said after chiding the room for profiting off of Trump’s rise to power, and suggesting that in the process more important issues are left uncovered.
Wolf’s final words were true — more than four years after the city’s water supply became dangerously contaminated, Flint, Michigan, still does not have safe tap water.
More than ten thousands pipes could still be contaminated with unsafe levels of lead. All told, 12 people died from legionnaires disease and countless children have been poisoned by lead, which is a neurotoxin.
Recently, Governor Snyder announced that the state would stop providing bottled water to Flint residents. Flint city officials denounced the decision.
Meanwhile, Michigan residents are outraged that the state is allowing the Nestle corporation to pump 400 gallons of Michigan groundwater per minute for a fee of $200 a year.
The crisis in Flint has gone on for so long that it almost seems normal that the people of a large municipal city in the wealthiest country in history lack safe drinking water and rely on donations of bottled water.
Inserting Flint’s plight in an otherwise irreverent set was a mic drop of sorts, a way to highlight how everything that came before — no matter how startling — really doesn’t matter in the face of such a grave injustice.
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