I have never found Kathy Griffin to be funny. I know that comedy is subjective but I have never come close to cracking a smile while viewing any of her many “routines.” By now we all know the controversy she has created by appearing in a photo shoot holding a bloody, severed mask of President Trump. She has received severe backlash, lost some endorsement deals and was fired from her annual New Year’s Eve appearance on CNN.
However, she wasn’t wrong. Based on her first amendment rights she is free to say whatever she wants. She is guilty of using bad judgment and should not be surprised by the repercussions she now struggles with. If her goal was to create a media firestorm and have her name appear in various search machines and to trend up on Twitter than “mission accomplished.” There IS such a thing as bad publicity and she now swims in those shark infested waters.
It wasn’t funny. That was my first reaction when I saw the picture and even if you are a Kathy Griffin fan I doubt you can explain where the humor lies. People are more likely to forgive offensive humor when there is a payoff. This was just plain offensive. Anyone can shout, say or do something shocking that will bring an outcry and a response from an audience but unless there is a payoff then you are just a five year old throwing a temper tantrum in the bank line.
I am a big believer in telling people how ya feel instead of telling them what they wanna hear but you have to understand this comes with a certain amount of risk. If you fear the outcome of your actions then it is best to keep those thoughts to yourself. The good news for Griffin is that she has apologized profusely and this is a forgiving and forgetful society. Time will heal the wounds but the one thing it will never do is make Kathy Griffin funny.
Freedom of speech. Many soldiers have lost their lives defending that right yet we have become a nation that is afraid to voice their opinion for the fear of offending others. An opinion is just that…no matter how absurd it may be it really can’t be wrong to the person who voices it. What also disturbs me is that people no longer seem to respect the opinion of others and that’s probably the number one reason no one seems to communicate any more.
I’ll throw a few things at ya right now so I’m not a hypocrite. I don’t think we went to the moon. Our President is a socialist. Gay marriage is fine with me and I don’t think it’s a chosen lifestyle at all. I strongly believe in the second amendment. I think the police are corrupt and don’t trust them one bit. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are racists. Pat Robertson is nuts. I think marijuana and prostitution should be legalized. It’s sad that Trayvon Martin lost his life but I agree with the jury. I’m a man and I don’t think I have the right to tell a woman what to do with her body…hence I believe in the woman’s right to choose. I think Affirmative Action is ridiculous….try applying that to the NBA. If you get attacked by a shark I won’t feel sorry for ya—YOU chose to go into the water. Democracy works for us but we have no right insisting other countries change their government….it’s no wonder we are hated around the world.
Those are just some of the things I believe in at this moment. I’m not gonna hide from my opinion because I want to hear yours. Civil communication and mutual respect need to return to our society. If you don’t agree with that….I guess you’ll defriend me on facebook :).
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Hank Williams Junior is being punished for being honest. As children we were always taught “honesty is the best policy” but now you should probably add “unless you are talking to the media.” ESPN has decided to pull the Monday Night Football theme song that Williams has performed at the beginning of the telecast since 1991 because he compared our President to Hitler. Yes Hank Williams Jr. is being punished for speaking his mind.
Take a look at Hank. I know. We are doing a bit of profiling here but let’s be freaking honest! I see beer, trucks, barbed-wire fence, bonfire, guns, girls in Daisy Dukes…is thyat enough for ya? Does Hank look like a guy that’s gonna support ANY Democrat? Let’s talk about what Hank DIDN’T say. He never said the President was a dictator. He never said the President was responsible for the deaths of innocent people. He made a COMPARISON of the President and Speaker of the House John Bohener playing golf being like “Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu.” That’s ALL he said. It was a brain fart. It was a mistake but it wasn’t malicious. If you are EVER in front of a TV camera NEVER mention Hitler. There’s a reason there isn’t a Hitler comic book or Halloween costume.
So we don’t like what people say and respond by banning things they have done? We punish people for the right that others have fought to protect? We are going backwards instead of forwards. I wish America had the passion for politics of Hank Williams Jr. I would feel confident that everyone casting a vote really understood the candidates and the issues. Did I also mention that Hank Williams Jr. has since apologized for what he said? Click HERE Johnny Depp compared having his picture taken with being raped! I find that comparison to be much more offensive than what Hank Williams Jr. said but I’m not gonna stop seeing his films until his films start to suck.
People are becoming afraid of speaking what they think. We are taking away our OWN freedom of speech. Just like you never should be afraid of failure you should never be afraid of speaking your mind. Now if you’ll excuse me…I have a tee time with Mussolini.