Because She Loves Us, Michelle Obama Challenged James Corden to a Dodgeball ‘Battle of the Sexes’

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Your Jackie O. Melania T first lady could never.

Clearly, James Corden knows how much we love Forever First Lady Michelle Obama—and how much we miss seeing her showing up to perform “Carpool Karaoke” or a “mom dance” with fellow late-night host Jimmy Fallon. But even though she’s now also a bestselling author in addition to being one of the most beloved icons in the world, the leader of the “Let’s Move” initiative still makes time for recreation—and for a laugh.


And what’s funnier than a good-old-fashioned dodgeball game? (Fun fact: Did you know that the game we now know as dodgeball was rumored to have started in Africa? But I digress.) Ostensibly repping for Teams USA and the UK, Obama proposed a star-studded “Battle of the Sexes” on the Late Late Show With James Corden on Monday night, with hilarious results.

Lena Waithe, Melissa McCarthy, Mila Kunis, Alison Janney and Kate Hudson all bolstered Obama’s all-female squad, while Harry Styles, Benedict Cumberbatch, bandleader Reggie Watts and John Bradley (better known as Samwell Tarley from Game of Thrones) comprised Corden’s team—which unfortunately didn’t have the benefit of Obama’s famed quips (or nutritional advice).

“When they go low, we also go low,” said the first lady, remixing one of her most famous phrases. “Because that’s how dodgeball works, amirite?”

“It’s hard to say who’s going to win this one,” said Waithe, milking a moment of faux humility, before course-correcting. “Who am I kidding? Of course, we’re gonna win. It’s Obama. Michelle Obama. We’re winners.”

Yes. Yes, we are. Not only did Team USA predictably spank Corden’s all-male team (because who run the world? Girls), but we were the real winners, because ... hilarity. Bonus points? Those of us lucky enough to hit the 25th annual Essence Festival this year will get another win when Michelle Obama appears at the Superdome on July 6. (Can you tell we’re excited about seeing her? WIN.)

Maiysha Kai is managing editor of The Glow Up, host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast and Big Beauty Tuesdays, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. May I borrow some sugar?



Surprised that Lena Waite didn’t turn on the women and start throwing dodge balls at them...