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Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 5:01PM EDT
Penn Jillette: Donald Trump said "racially insensitive things" on Celebrity Apprentice
"He would say racially insensitive things that made me uncomfortable," says the magician, who competed on the 2013 edition of Celebrity Apprentice, in a wide-ranging interview with Vulture. "I don’t think he ever said anything in that room like “African-Americans are inferior” or anything about rape or grabbing women, but of those two hours every other day in a room with him, every ten minutes was fingernails on chalkboard." Jillette wouldn't go into detail, adding: "No. If Donald Trump had not become president, I would tell you all the stories. But the stakes are now high and I am an unreliable narrator. What I do, as much as anything, is I’m a storyteller. And storytellers are liars. So I can emotionally tell you things that happened racially, sexually, and that showed stupidity and lack of compassion when I was in the room with Donald Trump and I guarantee you that I will get details wrong."
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 1:34PM EDT
Omarosa says she believes The Apprentice tapes of Donald Trump using the N-word exist
The former Apprentice contestant and Trump White House official says in her new book Unhinged that she never personally witnessed Trump use the N-word, but she claims to have witnessed the president using derogatory words about Asians to describe Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway, who is half-Filipino. Omarosa says three sources "all told me that President Trump hadn’t just dropped a single N-word bomb. He’d said it multiple times throughout the show’s taping during off-camera outtakes, particularly during the first season of The Apprentice. I was told exactly what Donald Trump said—yes, the N-word and others in a classic Trump-goes-nuclear rant—and when he’s said them. Meanwhile, the White House blasted Omarosa's claims Trump used racist words. “It’s sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse that the media would now give her a platform, after not taking her seriously when she had only positive things to say about the President during her time in the administration," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. ALSO: Omarosa says she was offered a $15,000-a-month hush money contract from President Trump’s campaign to keep quiet.
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Ann Dowd says The Handmaid's Tale's Lydia would “make mincemeat” out of Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Dowd also admitted to Seth Meyers that she was initially confused over Michelle Wolf's invoking Lydia to slam the White House press secretary at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
White House bans CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins for shouting questions at President Trump
Source: The Daily Beast
Collins was serving as the official "pool reporter" this morning when she asked the president questions about recent news concerning him. “Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?” she asked. “Mr. President, are you worried about what Michael Cohen is about to say to the prosecutors? Are you worried about what is on the other tapes, Mr. President?” When Trump declined to answer, she tried, “Why is Vladimir Putin not accepting your invitation, Mr. President?” Collins was later summoned to the office of Trump's new communications chief, former Fox News executive Bill Shine, and banned from future events. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the move, saying she was acting “inappropriate.” Collins responded on CNN: “I was there to represent all of the networks and therefore asked about the questions of the day along with the other reporters and my colleagues in that room." ALSO: The White House's move is unusual and possibly unprecedented.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 1:46PM EDT
White House blasts Samantha Bee for "vile and vicious" Ivanka Trump slur, demands TBS take action
The Full Frontal host is under fire for calling Ivanka Trump the C-word on last night's show. “Let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices you feckless c*nt!” Bee said, prompting a response today from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “The language used by Samantha Bee last night is vile and vicious," Sanders said in a statement. "The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling. Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network.” Bee's slur was also called out by Megyn Kelly, who tweeted that "this is disgusting. How is this acceptable? And how are we expected to take any of these publications seriously if they gleefully repost something like this at the same time they (rightfully) condemn @therealroseanne?" Meanwhile, Bee was condemned on TBS' sister network CNN, where Poppy Harlow called it "way over the line...it's never okay to say something like that about someone."
UPDATE: Samantha Bee tweets an apology as TBS pulls video of the segment: "I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it." TBS responded with its own statement: “Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night. Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.”
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 7:16AM EDT
Roseanne Barr's racist tweet fallout has been baffling: Even Trump and Fox News didn't come to her defense
Conservative outlets like Breitbart and Fox News used the "R-word" -- as in racist -- in describing Roseanne Barr's Valerie Jarrett tweet, as Lili Loofbourow points out. Sean Hannity blasted Barr. And President Trump -- who told supporters that Roseanne's success "was about us" when it premiered -- opted not to stick up for Barr in wake of the cancelation, with his spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying "no one is defending her comments; they are inappropriate." "It feels, to this viewer, that perhaps the last major chapter of whatever Roseanne meant to America has closed, and what’s left is the work of sorting through this clash between its star’s past progressivism and reactionary presentism," says Loofbourow. "It has been disorienting but instructive to watch the emphatic return and emphatic fall of Roseanne Barr, culture disruptor, at a time when our politics have been similarly disrupted. Barr and Trump are, after all, the yin and the yang of the story we tell about blue-collar America that’s long since stopped being true—both of them accruing capital by hearkening back to better times. Roseanne the reboot tried to do the same. Claims that the show was bravely addressing our divided political moment were ludicrously overblown. The show was funny because of how completely it side-stepped the way contemporary citizens engage with each other politically—a tendency best exemplified by its vitriolic creator, whose online conduct finally took the show down."
- Late-night hosts mock Roseanne Barr's Ambien excuse with fake ads for the sleep medication
- Michael Moore posts 1998 footage of him sitting at a table with Donald Trump and Roseanne
- Roseanne's Ambien story almost makes sense: No, the drug doesn't make you racist, but its trips are really weird
- What is the origin of "racially charged"? The phrase was used by many media outlets in early headlines on Roseanne's racist tweet
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 7:16AM EDT
Kathy Griffin marks the one-year anniversary of her Trump beheading controversy -- and responds to White House mentioning her
"One year ago today my Trump photo was released," Griffin tweeted last night, posting a video of Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday listing Griffin's appearance on The View as one of Trump's grievances against Disney CEO Bob Iger. "I have planned on doing this thread for a while but the fact that Sarah Sanders brought my name up at the podium today makes it even more appropriate for me to share some thoughts on what happened." Over the course of more than 40 tweets, Griffin detailed how life got worse for her after her Trump beheading photo. “I learned that day the power of the presidency and the power of the Trump machine. Immediately the death threats started pouring in again but more violent and serious than the previous night," she said. "The news networks broke into their programming to put his tweet up."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
President Trump's grievances with Disney CEO Bob Iger have to do with Jemele Hill, Joy Behar, Keith Olbermann and Kathy Griffin
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today the White House isn't defending Roseanne Barr's "inappropriate" comments. Rather, she said Trump's tweet this morning about not getting an apology from Iger over "the HORRIBLE statements" said about him was an attempt to point out media bias against him. “The president is pointing to the hypocrisy in the media, saying the most horrible things about this president and nobody addresses it,” Sanders said. “Where was Bob Iger’s apology to White House staff for (ESPN’s) Jemele Hill calling the President, and anyone associated with him, a white supremacist? To Christians around the world, for Joy Behar calling Christianity a mental illness? Where was the apology for Kathy Griffin going on a profane rant against the President on The View after a photo showed her holding President Trump’s decapitated head? And, where was the apology from Bob Iger for ESPN hiring Keith Olbermann after his numerous expletive-laced tweets attacking the President as a Nazi, even expanding Olbermann’s role after that attack against the President’s family? This is the double standard that the President is speaking about." ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel mocks Trump's tweet demanding an apology from Iger.
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Michelle Wolf took another shot at Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the premiere of her Netflix show The Break
Source: The Daily Beast
Wolf also defended her right to make jokes about whatever she wants, in her opening monologue. “The point is, we’re all going to die," she said. "So until then, we might as well laugh. And laugh at everything and everyone.” ALSO: The Break's executive producer calls Fox & Friends unfavorable review an "endorsement."
Posted Sunday 5/20/18 at 4:34AM EDT
Ann Dowd responds to Michelle Wolf comparing Sarah Huckabee Sanders to her Handmaid's Tale character
At the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Wolf compared the White House press secretary to Aunt Lydia. But Dowd thinks Sanders is even worse, telling the Los Angeles Times (via Indiewire): "From my experience, Lydia is a straightforward person with a low tolerance for confusion and nonsense. Had she been offered the job of press secretary for the present administration, she most likely would have turned it down. Also, Lydia has the comfort of believing that everything she says and does is in service to God. Ms. Sanders has no such luxury.”
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 12:55PM EDT
Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Michelle Wolf: "I think that the evening says a lot more about her than it does about me"
On Fox & Friends this morning, the White House press secretary said she's been unaffected by Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner slam. "I hope that she can find some of the same happiness that we all have because I think she may need a little more of that in her life because the rest of us here are doing great," she said of Wolf. ALSO: Samantha Bee sticks up for Wolf: “Feminism doesn’t mean you can never make jokes about another woman ever."
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Michelle Wolf: "I'm very happy with what I said, and I'm glad I stuck to my guns"
"I wouldn't change a single word that I said," Wolf told NPR's Terry Gross on Fresh Air Monday of her White House Correspondents' Dinner performance, adding that a friend who helped her write Saturday's monologue gave her a note that said, "Be true to yourself. Never apologize. Burn it to the ground." Wolf told Gross she thinks she was underestimated because she's a woman. "I don't think they expected that from me," she said. "I think they still have preconceived notions of how women will present themselves and I don't fit in that box," she adds, noting that it would've been harder for a man to target Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "I think one of the things about being a comic is getting to actually, as a woman, I have access to hit women in a way that men might not be able to hit them with jokes," she said. Wolf added that she did not expect to generate so much controversy. "I wasn't expecting this level, but I'm also not disappointed there's this level," she says. "I knew what I was doing going in. I wanted to do something different. I didn't want to cater to the room. I wanted to cater to the outside audience, and not betray my brand of comedy."
- Seth Meyers sticks up for his former writer: "She is filthy. And she is mean, which is what we love about her...if you ask me, Sarah Huckabee Sanders got off easy"
- Wolf was vicious, but not gratuitous: "Comedy’s job is to have a point of view, to pick a hill to die on and defend it with furiously thrown pies"
- Wolf exposed everyone in the room, and that’s why they’re rushing to condemn her
- The cultural relevance of the WHCD is directly proportional to the annoyance its entertainment inflicts upon the comfortable
- Everybody should've known Wolf was playing to the viewers that count -- those not in attendance, who want comedy that's not polite and tasteful
- Obama WHCD writer Nell Scovell says uproar is because "our culture loves pitting women against women" -- but she doesn't think the WHCD should be scrapped
- Reporters pitch changes: Book a singer, or one liberal comedian and one conservative comedian
- Wendy Williams told the two audience members who didn't like Wolf's act to go to Rachael Ray's show "downstairs"
- Why Sarah Huckabee Sanders is fair game: "The assumption that women are more damaged than their male colleagues by the insults of a raunchy comedian comes from a benevolent sexism that portrays women as fragile beings whose dignity must be preserved," says Christina Cauterucci.
- Wolf emerged as the big winner: "It’s that many, many more people know her name now than only a few days ago..."
- It's okay to be offended by Wolf's jokes: "Michelle Wolf’s insults partook of the typical Trump style of personal attacks"
- Looking back at past WHCD controversies: From Wanda Sykes to Don Imus
- Did Wolf delete thousands of Trump-bashing tweets? The Daily Mail says she went from 20,000 tweets to a few hundred
- Incoming WHCA president reels off possibilities for next year: “No entertainer. No comic. A serious speaker. Maybe a musician. Maybe don’t televise it."
# TOPICS: Michelle Wolf, NBC, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Nell Scovell, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Seth Meyers, Terry Gross, Wendy Williams, Fresh Air, Late Night, NPR, Trump Presidency, White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 2:02PM EDT
Michelle Wolf gets backing of The View
All the female panelists on The View expressed support for Wolf's controversial White House Correspondents' Dinner performance this morning, though resident conservative Meghan McCain had the day off. “The comedian did her job,” said Sara Haines. “She’s there to come and push the envelope. That’s what comedians do.” ALSO: President Trump continued slamming the WHCD this morning, calling it "a total disaster and an embarrassment to our great Country and all that it stands for."
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 2:02PM EDT
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is doing fine following "bullying" at White House Correspondents' Dinner, says her dad Mike Huckabee
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate slammed Michelle Wolf on Twitter Sunday for her "tasteless classless bullying." In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mike Huckabee said his daughter expected to be on the receiving end of anti-Trump comments -- but nothing this harsh. "Well, I think she's handled it fine," he said. "She's a tough kid. She's grown up in this world. She's also a person who has manners. I mean, even the people who do not agree with her or don't like her have to admit that she's not a mean person. She doesn't go out and just see if she can destroy somebody. She will defend herself, she will defend the president, she will defend the White House, but what happened the other night — again, the worst of it — was to put someone right there by the podium, in full view of everyone, and then bring someone up who spends a good bit of her routine physically mocking her, being vicious, bullying."
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
Michelle Wolf's White House roast denounced by person who booked her for her "truth-to-power style"
On Feb. 22, White House Correspondents’ Association president Margaret Talev named Wolf the featured entertainer at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, saying in a statement: “Our dinner honors the First Amendment and strong, independent journalism. Her embrace of these values and her truth-to-power style make her a great friend to the WHCA. Her Pennsylvania roots, stints on Wall Street and in science and self-made, feminist edge make her the right voice now.” On Sunday night, following nearly 24 hours of controversy over Wolf's polarizing speech, Talev issued another statement that referred to Wolf only as "the entertainer": "Last night's program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people," Talev said. "Unfortunately, the entertainer's monologue was not in the spirit of that mission." Wolf responded to Talev's statement on Instagram, quoting those last seven words: "Not in the spirit of that mission."
- President Trump slammed Seth Meyers in mocking Wolf and calling Saturday's WHCD an "embarrassment" that should be put "to rest": "The filthy 'comedian' totally bombed (couldn’t even deliver her lines-much like the Seth Meyers weak performance)"
- WHCA president Talev defended Wolf earlier Sunday for saying "what she thought was important to say" -- but noted that her speech wasn't pre-screened
- Kathy Griffin stuck up for Wolf: Of course Sarah Huckabee Sanders was going to get the toughest jokes -- "she was Trump's proxy" on the dais
- No, Wolf didn't joke about Sanders' looks: "Smoky eye" was a riff on a Maybelline slogan
- The Handmaid's Tale joke also wasn't a slam of Sanders' looks
- Comedians stand by Wolf: "comics r truth tellers - deal with it," tweeted Rosie O'Donnell
- 2012 WHCD host Jimmy Kimmel: "Dear 'the media' - @michellewolf was FUNNY. Hire a juggler next year"
- Roseanne Barr appeared to side against Wolf: "first rule of comedy: NEVER target someone more famous than U who is in the audience," she tweeted. "U will lose the entire crowd"
- Journalists urging Wolf to apologize for what should have been an uncontroversial joke sends an incredibly dangerous message
- Fox News' Brian Kilmeade said Wolf attacked to impress Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: “Congratulations, when the three of you go out to dinner, I’m sure you’ll be laughing a lot. But in terms of the people here and the people at home — totally offensive, horrible choice. In fact, it’s the reason why the president didn’t want to go.”
- Michelle Wolf got it just right: "Wolf, according to the commentariat, violated a sacred standard of decency that defines the correspondents’ dinner every year," says Molly Roberts. "The comedian should roast people, yes, but she should do it at a suitably low temperature for this town’s all-too-tender egos. Wolf broke protocol by turning on the broiler. Yet the figures she scorched have shattered norms that are far more important than an unspoken prohibition on vagina jokes."
- Celebrities shunned the WHCD this year: Kathy Griffin and Jordan Klepper were the biggest entertainment names in attendance
- Will Wolf hasten the death of the WHCD?: "The annual event’s contradictions have become too heavy to bear"
- Alec Baldwin praised Wolf's joke mocking his fellow NBC star Megyn Kelly
# TOPICS: Michelle Wolf, The Handmaid's Tale, Alec Baldwin, Brian Kilmeade, Jimmy Kimmel, Kathy Griffin, Margaret Talev, Megyn Kelly, Roseanne Barr, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump Presidency, Twitter, White House Correspondents’ Dinner