A few days ago Michelle Wolf shared some jokes at the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner. The varied responses to her words – I think – aptly reflects our current political climate, as reviews have sharply varied from strong affirmations to ardent defamation. Personally, I thought her routine was funny – edgy, but, nonetheless, funny. In two specific jokes she invoked the Holocaust.
While making a joke about Donald Trump she said, “[Trump] loves white nationalists, which is a weird term for a Nazi. Calling a Nazi a white nationalist is like calling a pedophile a ‘kid friend.’ Or Harvey Weinstein a ‘ladies’ man.’ Which isn’t really fair. He also likes plants.”
Wolf’s point here is that language and titles are coded or softened. She says white nationalists ought to be leveled with Nazis. Her comparison invokes the Holocaust because she levels the two terms on fact that they are both undergirded with racist ideology – Nazism synonymous with Jewish extermination in the Holocaust.
On Democrats she said, “Democrats are harder to make fun of because you guys don’t do anything. People think you might flip the House and Senate this November, but you guys always find a way to mess it up. You’re somehow going to lose by 12 points to a guy named Jeff Pedophile Nazi Doctor.”
This joke references the success Republicans have had in certain races, despite having candidates like Roy Moore – the alleged child molestor. Here, Wolf connects the absurdity of Moore’s success to the prospect of a Nazi Doctor having successin an election. Using “Nazi Doctor,” I think, may be a reference to Josef Mengele.
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