Michelle Obama’s slip dress stole the show from Larry Wilmore’s n-word joke at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The celebration was held Saturday, April 30 in Washington, D.C.
The first lady stunned in a dress by Givenchy at her husband, President Barack Obama’s final WHCD. Mrs. Obama wore an embroidered, champagne-colored Givenchy Haute Couture slip dress. A matching shimmering sheer coverup was layered over it, Us Weekly reports.
According to Pop Sugar, the 52-year old blended elegant and sexy styles with the dress. She paired the ensemble with small Harry Kotlar drop earrings. She also accessorized with rings by Le Vian and Maxior. Straight hair and natural pink lip gloss completed the look.
Michelle Obama’s ensemble drew some attention away from Wilmore, host of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show.” As he closed the event, Mediaite reports the WHCD host used the n-word to address President Obama.
“Yo Barry, you did it, my n––––!”
His joke drew criticism from many, including Rev. Al Sharpton.
“Many of us are against using the N-word period,” Sharpton told The Los Angeles Times at MSNBC’s after-party. “But to say that to the President of the United States in front of the top people in media was at best in poor taste.”
There were many Black people who shared their thoughts on Wilmore’s joke, too.
Sarah Thomas, whose Twitter page shows she is a producer for ABC affiliate KLTV, tweeted her reaction.
— Sarah Thomas (@Sarah_KLTV) May 1, 2016
Thomas retweeted another user named Bernice. She voiced her affection for the comedian but wished he used a better choice of words at the annual event.
— Bernice for OBAMA (@Altibalba) May 1, 2016
Retired journalist Monica Pearson, who was the first Black anchor on the Atlanta daily evening news according to her Twitter page, found the joke “disrespectful” to the president.
Since I heard this last night, I have been doing a slow burn. How disrespectful to POTUS, even in jest!!! – https://t.co/4sevb3I53i
— Monica Pearson (@MonicaWSB) May 2, 2016
However, not everyone is up in arms over the remark. Helen Goss, a Black lawyer, said the president has endured racism for the past several years.
Same reporters who ignored all the racists hate towards Prez Obama for the past 7 yrs are now offended w/ Wilmore's N-word love. SMH #WHCD
— Helen J. Goss, Esq. (@Hjgoss) May 1, 2016
Dwight Barrett, a nurse from Toronto echoed her remarks. He pointed out that President Obama has been called the n-word by racists throughout his presidency.
Obama has been called the n-word throughout his two terms by racists. Now Larry Wilmore says it and everyone wants all upset and offended
— Dwight Danilo B (@medsoulbrother) May 1, 2016
MTV News correspondent Jamil Smith put the joke into perspective for white conservatives with his tweet.
White conservatives are complaining that Larry Wilmore uttered "nigga"? And Republicans are about to nominate a dude endorsed by the Klan.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 1, 2016