Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who are glad at calamity will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 17:5)
I was disturbed by Michelle Wolf’s edgy humor at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. True, I have been outspoken in my dismay at our current President’s rude and unacceptable behavior. But, to once again quote my grandmother, “Two wrongs don’t make a right!” Ms. Wolf crossed a line for me when she made fun of Sarah Huckabee Sander’s looks. Again, I find Ms. Huckabee Sander’s professional lying, while touting her Christian faith to be reprehensible, but that should not give anyone the right to make fun of another person’s looks.
In this age of political correctness, it sometimes feels as if any form of humor has become illegal. Yet, it is ironic that this time, those left of center are the ones defending political incorrectness. I love humor, and when someone is a public figure, they open themselves to criticism and the humor that often points out truths, but that does not extend to making fun of someone’s looks.
Anger was my response to our current President’s willingness to make fun of a journalist’s physical disability. That does not give the organizers of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner the right to humiliate Ms. Huckabee Sanders in similar fashion. The organizers knew Michelle Wolf’s shtick. They knew she was abrasive and willing to mock. They need to take responsibility, or journalists will no longer have the right to speak with the moral high ground.
Today, let’s reflect on “insults” and how to be respectful, even when we clash. When national leaders, be they from the White House or the journalism community, act inappropriately, there is the potential for a new normal. Gandhi did have a great line for that phrase, “An eye for an eye...It makes the whole world blind.” Let’s pray today, that our society can reaffirm civility, when all around us are acting like boors.