Why is reminding everyone of Trump’s “Grab ’em” comments suddenly risqué?

Michelle Wolf has exercised her right to free speech and the acolytes of America’s telling-it-like-it-is President can’t handle it:

Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, told the Guardian he thought the performance was “absolutely disgusting”

In an interview with the Guardian, Spicer, who quit as press secretary last summer, was visibly angry as he said: “It was absolutely disgusting. The idea that people clapped at that. It’s one thing to celebrate the first amendment but that, tonight, was one of the most disgusting and deplorable things I’ve ever heard in my life. The language, the references were way over the line.

Much is being made of Wolf’s comments about Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who she described as

Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women

Here’s a screenshot of Sanders’ reaction. Tell me she isn’t suppressing a giggle:

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Picture: YouTube

Okay, well, maybe. But for an unambiguous reaction, here’s Mercedes Schlapp, White House Director of Strategic Communications, strategically communicating via Twitter:

Completely appalled by the so called and twisted comedian at the
#WHCA dinner who attacked @SarahHuckabee

Twisted?” Er, these folks need to get out a bit more.

Fox News have been going ballistic at the temerity of this, er, woman, to be so critical of those, er, other women:

Pic: twitter.com/johnnydollar01

Of course, Wolf’s misogyny just flies in the face of the values of the current White House, what with Trump himself being such a feminist and all:

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Pic: telegraph.co.uk

Alluding to such matters, Wolf referred to Trump’s absence from the event:

Of course Trump isn’t here, if you haven’t noticed. He’s not here. And I know, I know, I would drag him here myself.

But it turns out that the president of the United States is the one pussy you’re not allowed to grab… 

Ker-tish! And that zinger right there’s a pussy pun. Cue hesitant audience laughter with much audible gasping.

But why were they gasping? What is shocking about that comment?

In what universe can it be considered offensive for a comedian to quote the president’s own words in public? Where’s the risk in this? If anything, Wolf’s use of the term pussy — to refer to Trump as a coward — is far less crude than Trump’s original — where he used it to refer to a woman’s vagina.

For some perspective, let’s never forget Trump’s other Pussygate gems:

I moved on her, actually…I did try and fuck her. She was married…I moved on her like a bitch. But I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything…Look at you, you are a pussy…[sees a woman approaching] I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them.

It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.

Oh, it looks good. Ooh, nice legs, huh?

That is the standard of crudeness that Michelle Wolf should be judged by. That is what Sean Spicer, Mercedes Schlapp, Fox & Friends, and everyone else should have in mind when they try to judge what constitutes “twisted” or “deplorable” or “way-over-the-line” humour.

If the Trump crew feel that Wolf’s teasing was hurtful, appalling, or — per Spicer  — “absolutely disgusting“, then they really need to recalibrate.

It isn’t Michelle Wolf’s comedy that’s “twisted” here.

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