On Feb. 22, White House Correspondents’ Association president Margaret Talev named Wolf the featured entertainer at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, saying in a statement: “Our dinner honors the First Amendment and strong, independent journalism. Her embrace of these values and her truth-to-power style make her a great friend to the WHCA. Her Pennsylvania roots, stints on Wall Street and in science and self-made, feminist edge make her the right voice now.” On Sunday night, following nearly 24 hours of controversy over Wolf's polarizing speech, Talev issued another statement that referred to Wolf only as "the entertainer": "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." Wolf responded to Talev's statement on Instagram, quoting those last seven words: "Not in the spirit of that mission."
Michelle Wolf got it just right: "Wolf, according to the commentariat, violated a sacred standard of decency that defines the correspondents’ dinner every year," says Molly Roberts. "The comedian should roast people, yes, but she should do it at a suitably low temperature for this town’s all-too-tender egos. Wolf broke protocol by turning on the broiler. Yet the figures she scorched have shattered norms that are far more important than an unspoken prohibition on vagina jokes."