Last month, Larry Wilmore attended the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner as comedic entertainment. Wilmore took the opportunity then to poke fun at not only corporate-owned media outlets, but politicians like Bill Clinton, white people, and the greying of President Obama’s hair. In reality, his jokes were probably hardest on the President:
‘And let me just say, Mr. President, the office has taken its toll on you. You look terrible, Mr. President. No, you do man! I mean look at you! Your hair is so white, it tried to punch me at a Trump rally.
President’s hair is so white it keeps saying “all lives matter.” Alright, fine. Fine, I get it. I get it.
No, but man, you came in here looking like Denzel. Now you going out looking like Grady from “Sanford and Son.” I know it’s a dated reference but you’re dated, Mr. President.
All I’m saying is that in less than eight years, Mr. President, you’ve busted two time-honored stereotypes. Black does crack, and apparently once you go black, it looks like we are going back. Thanks, Ben Carson.
I gotta be careful picking on you, though, Mr. President. Couple years ago during this dinner, you were like killing Osama bin Laden. Remember that?
Who you killing tonight?’
But the President didn’t seem to take issue with any of the jokes Wilmore fired his way. It was news network CNN who seemingly couldn’t take a joke. And the worst part is that Wilmore didn’t even single out CNN individually — he brought up Fox News several times and called out MSNBC for their lack of Black correspondents.
Wilmore also teased Wolf Blitzer, host of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” saying:
‘Speaking of drones, how is Wolf Blitzer still on television? Ask a follow-up question. Hey, Wolf, I’m ready to project tonight’s winner: Anyone that isn’t watching “The Situation Room.’
He then went on to poke fun at CNN’s Don Lemon, whom he referred to as an “alleged journalist.”
According to a Mediaite exclusive, Lemon himself asked Wilmore to come on his show “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,” following the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. However, a CNN producer quickly cancelled the appearance, claiming the network needed to focus on covering “politics” and the Indiana primary. The funny thing is though, the Indiana primary was actually May 3rd. It makes you wonder — was claiming the network needed to focus its attention on the Indiana primary just a cop out? Likely, because Wilmore was never rescheduled to appear.
Mediaite reached out to CNN for a comment, but has yet to post a reply from the network. It’s likely they never responded, which speaks to the cancelling of Wilmore’s appearance in the first place.
If you watched Wilmore’s comedy sketch in full, you’ll understand that he in no way singled out CNN specifically. It seems to be the upper level executives who can’t seem to take a joke, though, as opposed to Lemon himself. Lemon felt Wilmore’s speech was “all in good fun,” tweeting this after the correspondents dinner:
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