Michelle Wolf Compared Sarah Huckabee Sanders to a 'Handmaid's Tale' Character

During the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner, host Michelle Wolf compared White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to a notable character from Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.

Reception for Wolf's speech has been decidedly mixed, several high ranking outlets (like CNN) saying her direct insults of Sanders were bullying, and uncalled for.  It's almost like they forgot for a minute who was hosting, who she was speaking about, and the current massive divide in the press sector in general.

Specifically, Wolf compared Sanders to character Aunt Lydia, played by Ann Dowd.  Several commenters are quick to jump to conclusions this was a direct appearance-driven comparison, but is mostly not the case. After all, Aunt Lydia does her job- shows up everyday, repeats the things her bosses have told her to, and does her best to sway and paint public opinion on every single subject.

Wolf quipped that she "loved Sanders as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid's Tale. Mike Pence, if you haven't seen it, you would love it."

There was a response today via a Sarah Huckabee Sanders facebook page, which may or may not be a real one (we're pretty sure it's not), addressing the comparison.

The post reads:

"I don't think I can fall asleep tonight until I say a few things publicly. First, I'm so grateful for all of the support people are showing me after the White House Correspondents' Dinner this evening. Second, Michelle Wolf thought it was funny comparing me to Aunt Lydia from the Handmaid's Tale, but I'm proud to be associated with that hard-working and fearless woman. In fact, I think I'm going to ask friends to call me Aunt Lydia from now on! Good night and God bless."

Michelle Wolf Compared Sarah Huckabee Sanders to a 'Handmaid's Tale' Character

Shockingly (or not), former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was quick to call the annual event a disgrace.

There was a call from the DC press for an apology from the organization. While that didn't happen, the association's president Margaret Talev did offer a statement on the event:

"Last night's program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people," Talev said. "Unfortunately, the entertainer's monologue was not in the spirit of that mission."

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About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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