Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Michelle Wolf’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner jokes

Michelle Wolf‘s gotten a lot of flak for some of her jokes at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. The president himself was not there. I’ve seen it almost live and I want to say something back on some of them, and suggest what approach I would have liked better.

Every time before, I’ve seen Michelle Wolf at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, I found her hilarious. Very sharp, sometimes, but always funny. Well, not this time, except for a few remarks.

Some of her jokes were not funny to anyone, I presume. They were plain undecorated stale hateful remarks in my ears. Even if you hate people, your job as a comedian is to find a funny angle about them. That is not to make them come out more human, more palatable, but rather sweeten the bitterness of having to be on one planet with powerful people who behave horribly.

A standup artist does not call people who act horribly horrible. You call them something funny, an understatement, an over-the-top characterization, you make an unexpected comparison, or something.

You don’t just show off your rancor, to show that you’re politically correct. It’s not your therapy — it’s a session for the audience.

So, I would have talked about the two White Wicked White House Witches. Then I would have said: The First Lady and Ivanka? NO! We don’t attack the hostages. I’m talking about these very smart spinsters. No, I don’t mean single women. The weathercocks that if they would stand on a church, the church would take off, that’s how fast they spin.

Sara and Kellyanne, yes! Why do you think they’re the only two who’re left on the White House payroll? They’re smarter and nicer than all others together. Everyone can lie and cheat. The art is to do it so well that ever the whole press corps can hardly keep up. Now, that is artful.

You see, if you do it like that, at least you give them some credit. They were both there in evening gowns. And people who like them may think that it’s funny because it was overstated. (In fact, it was not, but it does point out their job descriptions that must mention untruthfulness.) And the rest knows that it’s not an exaggeration. Everyone will laugh.

You don’t say that you’re pro-choice and the baby should drop dead. (If this rudeness was an attempt to make fun of pro-choice activists, it failed. It was too rude.) You make fun of both sides’ immoral positions: pro-choice activists being right that women should decide, but often hiding that abortion is a heart-wrenching decision; pro-life activists being right that abortion is terrible but often sawing fear and guilt instead of supporting pregnant women with trust.

Because listen, there ARE very nice people on both sides of the aisle….

I better liked last year’s Hasan Minhaj’s jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. But it’s not a competition. I’m again looking forward to further appearances by Michelle Wolf.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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