If you’ve been keeping up with current events, you’re probably aware of the scandal surrounding comedian Kathy Griffin. She recently posed for a photo which showed her holding a bloody decapitated head of Donald Trump. This photo sparked outrage across the country, as a lot of people saw this as extremely disrespectful. After her picture was seen, sponsors began dropping her and CNN even fired her. She did, however, deliver an apology. A lot of people are saying this is just a bad thing to do, even if you do disagree with Trump and his policies. But, there are some people that are defending her.
Here is one thing to consider, this is technically freedom of speech, yes. This is her right to deliver such a powerful political statement. But this is the first time that this has been said about presidents. Let’s look at Ted Nugent for example. He has said a list of politically repulsive statements towards President Obama and black people. He’s told Obama to “suck on [his] machine gun.” Also, the nation may be outraged because a lot of people are saying this is a horrible way to treat the President of the United States, but guess what? People have been disrespecting the presidency for years. Can we not remember the numerous “hanging effigies” of Obama? A quick google search will show you what has been happening across the nation since he was elected. I’m sure a lot of people would defend this as exercising the 1st amendment right, freedom of speech? Making a political statement?
Some people are saying that Kathy Griffin’s career should be over, kind of like how Paula Deen’s career was over when she allegedly said racial slurs, or what about Billy Bush who was involved in the Trump tape scandal. Honestly, I don’t think Kathy’s career should end over this. She’s already facing the consequences, losing sponsors and getting hate mail. She also delivered a genuine sincere apology.
A lot of political commentators note that it is the job of a comic to push boundaries and to make these kinds of statements and sometimes, they accidentally step in dogshit or cross the line, and Kathy Griffin admitted that she crossed the line.
From what I’ve heard, Kathy’s comedic style has always been shock value, and this was something that she was trying to aim for, but honestly, how can America be so upset about this but not about what Donald Trump is doing? He’s said some horrific stuff, and unlike Kathy Griffin, he hasn’t apologized for them. So who is really in the wrong here? Trump is a leader and is supposed to be a role model, yet America has let him get away with so many things that would have gotten Obama some kind of repercussion.
But honestly, Trump tweeted the following about Kathy’s incident: “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!” My only reply to Trump is this, was your 11-year-old son also having a hard time dealing with the fact that you bragged about sexually assaulting a woman? Or did you keep that a secret from him? Because if you ask me, bragging about sexual assault is sick, Trump. Maybe you should sit down and talk to your son about that before you call someone else sick.