Comedian Issa Rae Creates Michelle Obama Parody

The Michelle Obama Diaries gives a "behind-the-scenes" look into the FLOTUS' life.

Posted: 10/23/2012 02:55 PM EDT
Issa Rae, Awkward Black Girl, Michelle Obama

Comedian Issa Rae is at it again with another online video series. This time, the creator of the popular Awkward Black Girl videos has set her sights on the first lady of the United States for a new Web series titled The Michelle Obama Diaries. Rae has just released the first episode and people are wondering if the series is hysterical or downright disrespectful.

The Michelle Obama Diaries has Rae dressed as FLOTUS and giving viewers an inside look at what really goes on in her life. In the initial installment, "Keepin' It Real," we see her holding a press conference about her husband's performance at the first presidential debate and giving journalists diplomatic answers before saying how she really feels when she's alone with the camera.

"Look if it was me up there I would've called Romney out the moment he said poor instead of low income," she says from her couch. "But it wasn't me up there. Although it could've been 'cause I mean my approval rating is high as hell! But I'm not the one running for president."

After she's asked how she feels about how African-American women are portrayed on reality television, FLOTUS wonders why she still doesn't have her own television series.

"How does Tamar Braxton have her own reality show and I don't? You know what the world needs? The Real First Ladies of DC. It could be me, Hillary, Barb, Laura, and their gay best friends. Now THAT's reality."

Rae's FLOTUS character even confronts the question of what she would do if the president was caught having fathered an illegitimate child with the help, a reference to the scandal that surrounded former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"Your questions are wildly inappropriate. We're in a tight election race. We need to focus on questions that voters have," she tells one press member before calling security on her. Once the screen cuts to FLOTUS alone with the camera she smiles. "Don't let this fabulous J. Crew ensemble fool you. I'm from the South Side of Chicago. Recognize."

What do you think of Rae's depiction of the first lady? Do you think it's funny or inappropriate?


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