Yesterday Comedian Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) posted a picture of President Trump’s decapitated and bloody head. She held his head in her raised hand like an ISIS terrorist, loud and proud in their defiance. It looked like the real thing. It was deeply disturbing, on several levels.
What was her intent?
I will share a rare thought regarding the Pop Culture experience because a noteworthy shift has happened. I have gotten so used to the behavior of the left toward our President, that this could have been so easy for me to pass by. That’s where I was wrong.
I see our response to the vitriol around us like the story of the frog in the pot. The water was so warm and comfortable that it cooked slowly as the heat was raised, and it became dinner. We have gotten so used to the nastiness towards President Trump that we may have been a bit numbed by it. Do our own issues with him, cloud our response to protect any POTUS?
The response was very clear and somehow different than the responses to effigies of the president whether he was hanged, burned, or made into pinatas, to be whacked by children, or made into naked statues installed as art about town. Was this somehow different than all the other constant nasty, disgusting posts and threats from comedians and actors about his youngest child, his family, or himself? Did she break the law? Many would say, YES! What does the Secret Service say? As strange as this is… a precedent seems to be developing from the experience with Kathy Griffin. Who knew?
What happened in those very few hours? Was Kathy Griffin put in her place? I do not believe so. She simply got called out, more than normal. Oddly, many other liberals, like herself, were the ones who called her out. Maybe they saw just how they appear themselves? Maybe some tipping point turned up the heat a little too fast? The tepid normality of this was challenged. I believe we teach people how to treat us. A line was crossed.
Too many have become that which they hate. Do they realize this? I will always have some hope. I believe Kathy held up a mirror to those who feel some amount of freedom to behave like this or accept it. The path was long cleared for this brand of expression. Some say she simply justified it as “art,” as strange as that seems. The photographer in question has a reputation for this. “My defiance” won't honor his name…you may look him up on your own.
What “really” finally drew a video apology from her? What evoked this outrage from the left? Even she admitted that she went too far…but she did it. SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WAS DOING. She even knew there would be a backlash. She joked that she would be run out of America. She even lost a gig over it. Squatty Potty dropped her like a hot rock. Maybe now, I can run right out and buy one.
I say Let's TAKE BACK the Squatty Potty, even with its strange little Unicorn. Since I believe we teach people how to treat us...I will be trotting to the store for my very own Squatty Potty. Their stock value just went up a little bit in my book, and I am willing to reward them while relieving myself. Groan...did I just say that? As a Wholistic Practioner, I know that good elimination is important, so I fully endorse the elimination of Kathy Griffin’s endorsement of this great product. Even if they chose her, I will reward them for getting rid of her.
I soundly recommend and agree with Mike Dice, (media analyst and YouTube talking head), maybe the Squatty Potty will keep cleaning out people like Kathy Griffin. I also will provide a link to the Squatty Potty below…it's only $24.95 and is very good for your colonic health!
Much is still up in the air. I have seen lists of her upcoming gigs with venue phone numbers listed, so that “We The People” could call and say what we think. CNN is being asked if she will be hosting for them on New Year's Eve? Her co-host Jake Tapper from CNN called her photo “disgusting and inappropriate.” They have now decided to fire her. Kudos to them!
I believe now is the time to circle the wagons. Now is when we need to act and make those phone calls. Everything seems to come down to the almighty pocketbook. I think that when so many people collectively spoke up that it became virus-like and moved with such an abnormal rate of speed that it did not leave room for the spin doctors. I think it may also be too similar to what ISIS is doing now. Maybe even the left can no longer turn their heads away.
Shockingly, even Chelsea Clinton tweeted, “This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president.”
Peter Daou, political analyst and former Hillary Clinton adviser said, “I’m all for artistic and comedic expression, but I just saw the violent Trump imagery in #KathyGriffins photo and I find it horrible.”
Even Twitter has begun punishing people for reacting to this Griffin-like behavior! It’s crazy to even imagine Twitter being fair. CBS just briefly reported on this by showing a blurred picture and saying it was awful.
Many people on the left stood up and voiced their disgust, but “We The People” were at the head of the line.
John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz ) Writer with the New York Post and former Presidential speechwriter said, “ I wonder how Judea Pearl would feel about this. You know, because this actually happened to his son, Kathy Griffen. His son. His son. His son.”
His son was Daniel Pearl.
Mark Dice was in true form prodding Jake Tapper. While hosting his panel, someone on the show said it WAS HARD TO CARE ABOUT. There was a lame attempt at justifying and downplaying this happening. They said it was just the Trumps victimizing themselves. My response is …only because President Trump was victimized.
On his Twitter (@andersoncooper) Cooper Anderson wrote, “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”
Cooper and Griffin have co-hosted CNN’s New Year Eve Live since 2007. What will happen now? Did Griffin just Deep Six her career? One can only hope.
What happened was powerful— her actions were condemned by many of her peers, as well as by people across the political horizon.
However, let’s really look at her apology.
“I sincerely apologize. I am now seeing the reaction of these images. I am a comic. I crossed the line. I moved the line, and then I crossed it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny, I get it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career, I will continue. I ask for your forgiveness. Taking down the image… I went too far, I made a mistake and I was wrong.”
I believe she apologized because she was told to by “the powers that be” and as always, it had to do with money. So many people rallied up to boycott her cross-country tour that she got nervous. She did not have a change of heart and felt bad. If she did she would have apologized to the President of the United States, himself. President Trump said, that “she should be ashamed of herself” and that his youngest son, 11-year-old Barron was having a hard time with this.
What if it was former President Barack Obama that was depicted just like this? That question has long since lost its potency.
I wasn’t filled with confidence that she would not cross that line again. She knew the line before, and not only crossed it, SHE MOVED IT. She stated that she would behave this way again. When people tell you who they are, believe them.