By Andy Weddington
Monday, 30 April 2018
Farewell, fair cruelty. William Shakespeare
Over Sunday morning coffee I read an article and saw clips of Michelle Wolf's "comedic" performance at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner - an event President Trump wisely declined to attend (second time).
Our President's absence did not deter Mzz Wolf, the evening's hired gun, from focusing on him and his administration and especially key women supporting and working for him.
There is aplenty in the news and on social media detailing her podium time so I'll not bother to include here. Suffice to say she was crude, crass, foul-mouthed, juvenile and the antithesis of a lady.
In short, not comedy. She crossed, stormed, the line of civility and common decency. She was cruel.
As reported, some attendees departed before she concluded. Good for them.
Mzz Wolf used an annual, what is supposed to be a good-natured, roast (I've seen coverage from past years) as guise to launch a deliberately mean assault and made it personal - before not (White House) correspondents but the election result despondent.
There's plenty to say but not much point other than noting one blatantly obvious conclusion ...
Why did not one person, especially whomever was in charge, find the good sense, compassion, and courage to stand up and stop the attack?
May the witnesses with a conscience - who surely know comedy from cruelty - be haunted by their cowardice.
Charge your glass ...
A heartfelt toast to those attacked who showed remarkable restraint, grace, and class. That is courage. That is leadership.