Kathy Griffin made another unfortunate, attention-seeking ‘joke’ about Donald Trump

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What’s the general opinion these days on Kathy Griffin? I used to watch her reality show and I liked her a lot…until I didn’t. In some ways, I think she’s a lot like her mentor Joan Rivers, but that also means that Kathy’s shtick comes across as dated, “too mean” and not woke enough for the current era. Several years ago, in 2017, Kathy’s career basically got cancelled because she posed with a fake and bloody “Donald Trump head.” The Republicans made it into a thing, a stand-alone culture war without nuance. Kathy’s friends – including Anderson Cooper – basically all had to cut ties with her. I felt bad for her, because I felt like she mostly misjudged the situation – she thought she was just doing a dumb stunt for attention, but she never thought she would get that kind of attention.

Anyway, Kathy is still around even though most people consider her persona non grata. She still tweets and gets attention, and oops she did it again:

Kathy Griffin is facing a backlash after posting a tweet suggesting President Donald Trump should inject a syringe “filled with nothing but air inside.” The comedian stirred up the controversy on Twitter Tuesday night with her damning comment about the president, in response to a tweet from CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta.

Acosta’s tweet read: “Trump at diabetes event at WH: ‘I don’t use insulin. Should I be?'”

To which Griffin, 59, responded: “Syringe with nothing but air inside it would do the trick. F*** TRUMP.”

[From Newsweek]

Until the Thoughtpolice come and arrest us all for all of our darkest thoughts about Donald Trump, it’s just best to leave all of this sh-t unsaid, unrecorded and untweeted. Kathy has already done this sh-t once and gotten a visit from the Secret Service, and her 2017 sh-t became fodder for the Republicans looking to paint all of Hollywood/Democrats with the same brush. Kathy is doing herself a disservice and she’s doing her alleged political allies a disservice. But hey, she got attention.

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign’s latest ad featured that funeral meme in association with Joe Biden. I’m not saying that Trump doesn’t have an unhinged Cult of Death – he absolutely does. He absolutely threatens people with bodily harm on a regular basis too. Which… is why “our side” should avoid it.

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    I am so furious at her for doing this again. I get the sentiment and the anger she feels, I truly do. But at a time when all focus should be on the 100,000 Americans dead due to his incompetence, a number that is rising and will continue to rise, she pulled attention to herself and all the Trump scum, with Junior the loudest, are screaming that all liberals are all about killing the President because of her.

    Stunts like this do not help pull the middle ground. They just wont vote.

    • I am Mimi says:

      Which means they probably weren’t going to vote anyway. If they can’t see that trump is a problem and eroding the rule of law–with or without Kathy Griffin’s stunts–then they are part of the problem. I’m tired of this line of thinking, too. There are plenty of us “focusing” on the right things. The right is always going to amplify and magnify a Kathy Griffin TO deflect from trump’s incompetence.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      Don’t you see, there is no middle ground in America anymore. Anyone who is even considering voting for the devil that is Trump is a lost cause. We need to save our fury for those who actually deserve it, not Kathy Griffin.

      • Lightpurple says:

        There are people who are going to sit out the election entirely if they perceive the Kathy Griffins as the voice of the DNC, which is how many are trying to portray her.

        My fury is directed at those like Junior Trump & Charlie Kirk and Ben Shapiro who will use Kathy Griffin’s idiocy to attack Biden and all liberals.

        Kathy Griffin is an attention-seeking idiot who is not worth my time beyond the time it took to type that. She has the right to say whatever she wants, but I’m fed up with her using her voice to harm her own cause. Be smarter.

      • BrandyTFG says:

        Agree completely. KG is not the problem. Trump and the GOP are the problem, and the media needs to consistently slap down any distraction-designed stories to continue to focus on THAT. Not whether KG is stale or over or inappropriate. Who gives a crap? After what she went through, KG is well within her rights to post the photograph of Trump’s ketchup-drenched mask every day until he is forcibly removed from the White House.

    • emmy says:

      I never understand that argument. Don’t poke the bear, it will bite. Except it’s not a bear and it will not react like you expect, it’s an unhinged mob that will attack even without provocation. If Kathy Griffin has the power to influence elections, the US is in even deeper sh*t that anyone thought.

      She’s a comedian. She experienced exactly what the First Amendment should theoretically protect you against and yet, nobody cared when the frickin’ FBI interrogated her. Why? Because some people don’t like her? That’s insane. This isn’t about her taste level, it’s about thinking she is the problem. She makes decisions and has to live with the consequences.

      But I’m glad she hasn’t let any of that stop her because SHE is not the problem.

    • charo says:

      Yes. The headline is right, key words being “attention-seeking.” That’s her schtick.

      She used to be funny but she’s lost her mojo a bit.

      She was funny and astute about the D-List but not about politics, she just has a tin ear re: that.

      Someone tell her.

  2. Mac says:

    Someone get her a glass of water and a seat.

  3. Otaku fairy says:

    Howard Stern basically said the same thing about deplorables about a month or so ago and it was fine though. I get that this is Kathy’s second ‘offense’ and can respect the “nobody should be wishing that on anybody” position. In more ways than one though, it does seem like women are held to higher standards than men when it comes to dealing with injustice.

    • charo says:

      He didn’t say something this crass and clumsy. That’s what bothers people, she’s not deft at the way she approaches politics. She’s clumsy. And obvious. And crude. And not funny.

      Howard Stern was a lot more careful about how he spoke. He’s been careful not to blow up any support he has from Trump’s base, and I believe he did enjoy DJT back in the day — who was a blowhard who went on and on and back then wasn’t so careful about what he said. Good radio.

      Howard is very smart and deft about his image, and he’s been careful not to go at Trump too soon, but finally did. But w/a lot more skill than K. did. A joke is FUNNY! That’s what she doesn’t get here.

  4. Yeeee says:

    I feel Kathy is unfairly targeted for her jokes. She’s not the problem. Sure, her jokes can be tasteless but they’re JOKES! So Howard Stern can say the same tasteless joke but no one bats an eye? No…

    • charo says:

      Do you claim that she’s being FUNNY here? Because that’s what a joke is.
      She’s being a lot like Trump, they’re both simplistic and crude and not funny.

      That’s ironic. KG was funny and nuanced about gays and the D-List but she just has no subtlety at all here.

      Probably because her political views are heartfelt — but still, figure it out, Kathy. Or you’ll be roadkill. Is it a bad agent? Or manager? Whoever advises her? Who would that be?

      She needs a COMEDY INTERVENTION.

      So did CK, btw.

  5. AnnaKist says:

    I don’t have a problem with her or anyone else serving it up to trump or his idiot followers. Gawd knows, he’s pretty quick to insult all and sundry (‘’Slow Joe”; really? This, from your president?!) However , maybe it gets lost in translation, but I’ve never found KG’s “humour” at all funny.

  6. Annie says:

    Come on, Kathy. Be smart. Bring attention to the real issues not to yourself.

    I will say however, how interesting it is that all those First Amendment Fighters, all the shock jocks and edgelords in comedy have not stood up for her. Not once. Isn’t being provocative their schtick? Isn’t this freedom of speech? And meanwhile a woman in comedy is left totally to her own devices in an industry that defends racist jokes, rape jokes, pedophile jokes, etc. Funny how that works. They all defended Louis CK and his right to make a comeback, but not her…

  7. Azul says:

    As a child I used to think she was Andy Dick sister.

  8. Meg says:

    Yes she always had a dated unnatural delivery to me.
    Part of a comedians strength IMO is having a good finger or pulse on the audience so to speak, and she doesn’t seem to be aware of how the audience is feeling where others seem much more in tune with their audience

  9. Odessa Nguyen says:

    I’m actually a pretty big fan. I liked her last special a lot. She’s not saying anything different than other comics, so the double standard is a little much imo. I don’t agree with everything she says but I’m not getting why she has to disappear because people don’t like her style. Women over 40 don’t have to be quiet just because people don’t agree with them. It’s not like She’s Louis CK level heinous.

  10. Alex says:

    I enjoy this one fact: No one here is saying you shouldn’t mock President Trump—we all just want her jokes to rise to a higher, more clever and insightful standard than this easily dismissed, already been said, seventh grader material. We’re in the fourth year of his presidency, not the stupefied and panicked 2016/17 era anymore. What does she have to say now in 2020? Which issues bother her most? If she really spelled it out, people would listen. I think both things are true in that, yes, people will target a “mouthy woman” more than a mouthy man, but I’ll be dipped (a new phrase I’m trying out) if she doesn’t have a knack for making herself an easy target.