Inasmuch as any individual can be rehabilitated from holding up the bloodied, effigial head of the president, I think Kathy Griffin may be going about it the wrong way.
Here’s a quick recap. First there was the “sorry, but can’t you guys take a joke?” initial apology. Then there was the tearful, inchoate press conference. Then she began the “Laugh Your Head Off” tour (I’m assuming the only offensive thing wasn’t the name, although it was probably the funniest and most knowing).
As that tour neared the end of its first leg, Griffin posted a morose video of herself complaining that she was the victim of a Hollywood “blacklist,” all from the confines of what looked like an exceedingly expensive hotel.
Later, during an appearance on “The View,” she retracted her apology to the president and his family (this is not an uncommon feature of such Trump-related amendes honorable). And now, she’s back at full bore, telling a black comedian who won’t go after the president that he’s a “p—-.”
“I do feel like this is such an anxiety-ridden time for everyone that there is a thirst for all kinds of comedy,” Griffin said in an interview with USA Today.
“And look, if you want to not hear about Trump at all, go see Kevin Hart. He doesn’t even mention Trump. I personally think that’s a p—- move because he’s a black man. But I guess he’s selling more tickets than I ever will.”
Listen up, black comedians. A white woman is about to tell you what every comedian of color should be doing with their routines, which is clearly not at all racist.
You listen and you listen good, lest you be labeled cowardly by a woman.
While USA Today didn’t print the expletive, the newspaper confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon that was the word that Griffin used.
As for why Griffin may have gone after Hart, he seemed to take a mild shot at her last year as the controversy unfolded.
“You’re just looking at comics being comics. We always take risks, but sometimes it can be distasteful,” Hart said during an appearance on “The View.”
During the interview, Griffin also seemed to imply the fake beheading put her in the company of people like Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
“One of the things that’s great about being a comedian is you really do get to be a whistle-blower. I like to do it through comedy,” Griffin said.
“People love to hear these stories, so I’m not going to walk away from it.”
A “whistle-blower?” What you do is stand on stage for 90 minutes and bravely repeat to the audience their prejudices in a humorous form. I’m genuinely curious how that counts as whistle-blowing.
Of course, I’m also genuinely curious how Griffin more or less has some semblance of a career back roughly a year after she seemed to incite the beheading of the president. Perhaps that was an example of whistle-blowing?
Well, whatever. If the assassination of the president wasn’t enough to sustain the media’s attention, perhaps her racist patronization of African-American comics will be.
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