FLOTUS like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Michelle Obama proved herself to be queen of the dodgeball court on Monday night, as she led Team USA to victory over Team UK in a match that aired on The Late Late Show.
She was joined by a squad of stars on Team USA, whose members included Allison Janney, Mila Kunis, Lena Waithe, Melissa McCarthy and Kate Hudson.
The Late Late Show host headed up Team UK, with an all-male posse comprised of Harry Styles, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Bradley and Reggie Watts, who is a American citizen.
Just before the match, Obama gathered her team for a surprising pep talk, telling them: ‘When they go low, we go low. Cause that’s dodgeball.’
Let’s move: Michelle Obama (above on Monday) proved herself to be queen of the dodgeball court on Monday night, as she led Team USA to victory over Team UK in a match that aired on The Late Late Show
Smacked: Obama made her presence known early in the game as she light up the court like nobody else and took out Styles, pegging the singer swiftly in between his legs (above)
Going low: Team USA then pointed and laughed at Styles while he clutched his midsection (above) in seeming pain
Going so low: Styles eventually fell to the floor in the aftermath of the shot heard round the world
Victors: The women celebrated their 2-1 victory with a giant trophy, presented begrudgingly by Corden
‘You would not believe how easy it was to get people to do this,’ said Obama early in the video.
‘All I had to say was you’re going to throw a ball at James Corden.’
Obama made her presence known early in the game as she light up the court like nobody else and took out Styles, pegging the singer swiftly in between his legs as he tried to jump out the ball’s path.
Team USA then pointed and laughed at Styles while he clutched his midsection and fell to the floor in the aftermath of the shot heard round the world.
Obama got strong support from her ladies as well, with the dynamic duo of Janney and Waithe proving to be particularly effective as they joined forces to dispatch of Cumberbatch.
Team UK consoled themselves after the loss with a traditional tea service on their bench and talk of how much they were enjoying the ‘smashing game.’
Let’s do this: (L-R) John Bradley, Harry Styles, Reggie Watts, James Corden and Benedict Cumberbatch looked confident as the British side made their way out
Chin up: Team UK snacked on sandwiches and cakes after being trounced in the first game of the day
Pep talk: Team UK managed to bounce back after their snack break and win game two of the best-of-three match
Sportsmanship: After Team USA’s win, Janney walked over to Corden and asked: ‘How does it feel to lose you loser?’ (above)
McCarthy, who arrived on court wearing a protective shield that covered her entire face, struggled at first during the match as she was the first member of Team USA to be tossed when Cumberbatch caught her throw.
The actress did make the most of the pre-match warm-up though as she tried to push through a uniform change.
‘I’m thinking we should probably do shirts versus skins, cause otherwise it might get confusing,’ argues McCarthy.
She then suggested that Styles be on the skins team before asking if he needed help getting in uniform or wanted to just ‘strip that top off.’
Styles ultimately kept his shirt on, and later nailed McCarthy in the second match with a throw at her feet.
He also closed out the win soon after, taking out Kunis with another throw that was so low.
Here they come: The girls’ meant business as they stepped onto the court during Monday’s show
Motivation: ‘When they go low, we also go low, cause that’s how dodgeball works,’ said Obama in her pep talk
Moved: (L-R) Allison Janney, Melissa McCarthy, Kate Hudson, Lena Waithe and Mila Kunis listen to the former first lady ahead of game
Wrong direction: Styles was forced to fend off four of his competitors in one game (above)
It then came down to the third and final game, which was won by Team USA thanks to the tag-teaming efforts of Waithe and Janney, who once again took out Cumberbatch.
Ahead of that final game, Cumberbatch ran over and interrupted and conversation between Hudson and Obama to see if the latter would sign his copy of her memoir.
Corden then ran over to see if Cumberbatch would like a copy of his memoir signed, an offer that was ultimately declined by the Doctor Strange star.
His adoration for Obama did not impact his performance come game time though, and just minutes later he hurled a ball across the court and took out his idol.
The ladies celebrated their win by mocking their opponents, with Janney immediately walking over to Corden and asking: ‘How does it feel to lose you loser?’
There you go: The former first lady was seen signing a copy of her memoir for Cumberbatch (above) ahead of the third and deciding game
Jumping in: Corden then worked his way in to see if Cumberbatch wanted the host to sign a copy of his memoir, which the actor declined (above)
Party time: In 2010, Obama launched Let’s Move, a public health campaign to reduce childhood obesity and promote a healthy lifestyle
The former first lady’s dominating performance comes as no surprise given her commitment to fitness while her husband was in office.
In 2010 she launched Let’s Move, a public health campaign to reduce childhood obesity and promote a healthy lifestyle.
She then spent the next six years going to schools across the country, where she promoted healthy eating habits and increased physical activity.
And just like her appearance on Monday, she was often surrounded by some very powerful women.
In 2011, the campaign got a very big boost when Beyonce recorded the kid-friendly tune Move Your Body to promote the initiative.
The campaign was very much a past of the competition on Monday as well, with Obama frequently working in mentions about the importance of eating a healthy breakfast.