Despite having killer curls and being attacked online by angry white women (two things closely associated with Black womanhood), Michelle Wolf is not Black.
Any time Wolf does something that raises her national profile, this topic seeps back up into public discourse.
— Sil Lai Abrams (@Sil_Lai) April 29, 2018
Wolf’s name is in headlines today because she told a bunch of truth at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner and people (especially white women) got all in their feelings. The White House Correspondent’s Association went so far as to issue a statement condemning Wolf’s speech.
Every year, I see @whca attendees tweeting about how the dinner is about celebrating the First Amendment. That is sanctimonious enough. But this statement reveals anew what nonsense that is. This is performative rubbish, and I hope that next year’s comedian ridicules them for it. https://t.co/tmGcEAP0gm
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) April 30, 2018
Folks were BIG mad, claiming that Wolf criticized Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about her looks. (Spoiler Alert: She didn’t.)
Why are you guys making this about Sarah’s looks? I said she burns facts and uses the ash to create a *perfect* smoky eye. I complimented her eye makeup and her ingenuity of materials. https://t.co/slII9TYdYx
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) April 29, 2018
The real issue was of course not about Wolf mentioning eyeshadow, hit dogs hollered because Wolf called out the hypocrisy and cowardice of Trump’s wealthy supporters. And seriously, we’re talking about a president who mocked a disabled man on national television and who admitted to grabbing women by the crotch without their permission.
But this eyeshadow thing is a clutch your pearls situation, right?
Let’s be honest, this is what they’re REALLY mad about.
Michelle Wolf called out THE PRESS. pic.twitter.com/tCyFCjxDQr
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) April 30, 2018
Wolf is exactly right. She’s using her profile to highlight important issues and put focus on the actions and policies of an administration that has had a negative impact on the rights of Black people, women of all races, the LGBT community, poor people, and immigrants. Not to mention, his steamroller approach to the environment puts important natural resources at risk.
Imagine a celebrity with a notable platform using said platform to put a spotlight on a dangerous administration. It’s pretty much the opposite of what Kanye West has been doing as of late.
Kanye’s bromance with Trump is disturbing and his MAGA meltdown on Twitter last week, left lots of people wondering if Ye is too far gone to defend anymore.
Not sure what Kanye has going on in his head, but in the meantime, tell Dave Chappelle we’ll swap Kanye for Michelle Wolf in the next racial draft.
Michelle Wolf is No Rachel Dolezal
Wolf has talked about her racially ambiguous look before on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
After noting that Wolf gets mistaken for Black all the time and that she has written for Black folks like Chris Rock, Noah asked Wolf if she’s ever thought about pulling a Dolezal and just let people think she’s Black.
“No, I don’t,” answered Wolf.” This is something I wish more white people would understand: Black isn’t just some club we could join. The same way that Black people can’t just choose to not be Black. I know I’m white. You know how I know I’m white? I can cry myself out of a parking ticket. I can cry myself out of a murder charge.”
While some on social media are calling for Wolf to take a DNA test, Wolf for her part is comfortable in her role as an ally.