Michelle Wolf Turned The National Spotlight To Flint, Michigan At The End Of Her Speech

She used the opportunity to highlight what really matters.

Writer and comedian Michelle Wolf's final words during her remarks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner were far from a punchline, but they were far more important.

"Flint still doesn't have clean water," she said.

Many of Wolf's jokes at the dinner provoked controversy — as, some argued, great comedians' jokes should — but her last line was all substance.  The humanitarian crisis in Flint continues and Wolf was determined to utilize her public platform to speak on the urgent matter. After all, Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced the end of the free bottled water program, citing improved water quality, which Flint residents have relied on since dangerous levels of lead were found in the drinking water, following the 2014 switch from Lake Huron to the Flint River. The water became so corroded residents reported rashes and other health problems after drinking it or using it to cook or bathe.  

Many residents still do not believe that Flint's water is safe to drink.

"This is wrong. Until all lead pipes are replaced, state should make available bottled water and filters to Flint residents," local pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha tweeted.

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Wolf isn't the only celebrity to garner attention for Flint's water crisis. Music icon, Cher, donated nearly 200,000 bottles of water to the city.  In March 2018, father-son duo Will and Jaden Smith vowed to donate water to Flint on a monthly basis until lead levels receded. And Grey's Anatomy star, Jesse Williams, spent Oscar night 2016 in Flint for a benefit event called #JUSTICEFORFLINT where over $160,000 was raised.

"We wanted to give a voice to the people here and give them an opportunity to be heard on a large scale," Williams said in a video about the benefit, which was also aimed at being a moment to "kick back, relax, be entertained, be heard … a night off."

Want to help Flint? The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has reopened its help centers to distribute additional bottled water for city residents, per Michigan Live, to offset the lack of water provided by the state.

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