Kathy Griffin CNN Trump

It takes quite a bit of insanity to make your friendly neighborhood blogger swing into explicitly political material these days, but when Hollywood comedians go full “Jihadi John” it seems a though it’s time for the blog posts of old to return.

Jihad John

For those who somehow managed to avoid the news, Anderson Cooper’s regular New Year’s Eve broadcast buddy, Kathy Griffin, released images from a photo shoot today that she promised would “make noise.” TMZ was given exclusive access to the “art” project, which included Ms. Griffin holding up a fake version of President Donald Trump’s decapitated head.

This, dear reader, is “the resistance” that Hollywood directors like Joss Whedon are calling for because Mr. Trump will allegedly trick the nation into massacring gay people. The entertainment community now finds itself weirdly peddling the idea that Mr. Trump should have his head chopped off to … stop him from chopping off heads.

Get it? If you do, then please explain it to me in the comments section below.

Joss Whedon Trump tweet

Ms. Griffin apologized when the ensuing outrage spread like wildfire across social media, but that begs the question: Did she mean it, or was she trying to save her annual payday with CNN? When someone looks up repeatedly while apologizing, it comes across as, “Okay, okay. I’ll say I’m sorry. Can we just get this over with and move on? Yeesh.”

Consider what the comedian said just hours earlier to photographer Tyler Shields: “We’re going to go to prison — federal prison. Call your dad, apologize.”

She knew people would be angry and disgusted, but she did it anyway. She just didn’t realize that there are still enough people with common decency across the political spectrum that she would become professionally toxic to many of her peers. 

Kathy Griffin Apologize

Mr. Trump is a lot of things, but he most certainly does not deserve to have his fellow Americans sending the message that he should be executed ISIS-style. Nobody deserves such a fate, but for some disgusting reason the Hollywood community has decided to try and equate him with “Nazis” and Hitler and any other group that serves to transform him into a monster.

The reason is simple: Once you dehumanize a man and turn him into a demon, then it is easy to rationalize any action(s) used to destroy said demon. The entertainment industry has decided that a rhetorical and “artistic” scorched earth strategy is acceptable for “resisting” the president, even if it further tears the nation apart.

My guess is that Ms. Griffin, like many comedians, has a whole slew of psychological and emotional issues. People should be mindful of that as they respond to her “art.” Regardless, she should be held responsible for her a behavior. It is up to good people to take a stand against Hollywood’s most ghoulish political hacks, because the industry’s aggregated efforts have a huge effect on shaping young minds.

If you want to know what the future of America looks like without the right actions of morally upstanding individuals today, then look no further than the social media feeds of men like Joss Whedon and women like Kathy Griffin. Absent a miracle, I firmly believe that our nation is bound for many dark days ahead.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

21 comments

  1. That was just bizarre,offensive, beyond the pale. I’d be quite happy to see her charged with threatening a US President, public indecency, obscenity, something. There is just no excuse for that behavior. She needs to be fired, evaluated for a mental health issue,and tried for a criminal act. TMZ should face a fine of some sort too. Violating broadcasting standards or something.

    1. “That was just bizarre,offensive, beyond the pale.”

      Agreed. I don’t think she expected the cringes she got from many of her ideological allies, because even they were sort of like, “Ummm…”

      These are the same people who think there’s nothing wrong with Joss Whedon wishing Paul Ryan gets raped by a Rhino, so that’s kind of strange to think about…but at the same time these images were just so gruesome that anyone with a shred of humanity in them was going to say, “Not cool.”

  2. Half of the things I see people posting and talking about, you would think they actually live in Nazi Germany and are having their rights trampled on a daily bases. To be fair this started under Obama, its not like people are going crazy just because of Trump.

    Seems to me its a combination of the way our education system has been teaching and preaching to kids since I was in college. It seems they are more interested in you being an activist than a successful person when you are on your own. I can get into a whole slew of discussions about collectivism and how it just for people afraid of individual responsibility and self reliance, but that’s a topic for another day.

    Maybe soon my dream of a legitimate 3rd party interested in preserving the individual freedoms the founders created this country to protect will happen.

    1. “To be fair this started under Obama, its not like people are going crazy just because of Trump.”

      I’ve heard people say this, but there is a giant influence gap between the random dude in some suburban neighborhood who hangs Obama in effigy on Halloween and Hollywood actors, writers, directors, etc. — often with hundreds-of-thousands (or millions) of adoring fans.

      “I can get into a whole slew of discussions about collectivism and how it just for people afraid of individual responsibility and self reliance, but that’s a topic for another day.”

      Check out “The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements,” by Eric Hoffer.

    2. I recall my father telling me often about Eric Hoffer ever since I was a kid, Douglas. His recollection of the man was seeing quotes by him in a local paper back during the 1960s when there was all that Left wing mischief beginning to burst out on the university campuses in the wake of the anti-war protests. Apparently he was in a hearing on the radicals calling for revolution against the US government when he realized that they were quite the opposite of what he must’ve been thinking they were at the first impression. To paraphrase the quote:

      “Look at these people [the New Left radicals]. Give them what they want, and try to protest against anything that they’ll do. See what happens to you then.”

      Today, the universities and mass media outlets including Hollywood are practicing the very thing that Hoffer warned against.

    3. “I recall my father telling me often about Eric Hoffer ever since I was a kid, Douglas.”

      That’s pretty cool! I think I first heard of him through a reading list put together by economist Thomas Sowell. I have some issues with Hoffer (he was an atheist and went overboard with some statements about religious people), but in general he had a very sharp mind.

  3. Funny how the left forgives her right away, if it were from a conservative they would be calling for the person to be fired. This continues to show how the system is in the favor of the left. This is just sickening behavior, imagine if this was with Obama, the outrage would be nuts.

  4. Anybody else still having doubts the greatest threat to America today is the left? Stone cold crazy. Toys in the attic. Devoid of reality.

  5. Not being a liberal/progressive/Democrat, I tend to be a free speech absolutist. So, for me, it’s the old, “I disagree with what you say, but I defend your right to say it.” Or Oliver Wendell Holmes’ observation that freedom of speech has to include that speech we hate.

    So I don’t want Griffin to be criminally prosecuted. I suppose you could make a case that her display contained a credible threat of actual violence (and you could make the same case with remarks made by Rosie O’ Donnell, Madonna, and Sandra Bernhard). But there is a line (although a fine one) between saying you want something to happen and actually stating an intention to do it.

    During the Watergate scandal, Groucho Marx said something like, “The only hope this country has is for Nixon to be assassinated.” He wasn’t prosecuted, because that wasn’t quite the same thing as saying, “I’m going to buy a gun and shoot Nixon.”

    Having said all of that, Kathy Griffin is a yutz. Her apology was obviously insincere, and she is only sorry that her publicity stunt got her fired from CNN. (And the Clinton News Network is just as disingenuous. They don’t really disapprove of the stunt, they are just throwing her overboard as an act of CYA.)

    BTW, in 2014, a town in Nebraska had a Fourth of July parade. One float had an outhouse with a sign that said, “Obama Presidential Library.” The DOJ investigated it as a possible hate crime. And, of course, it’s the progressive “anti-fascists” who rioted (they did not peacefully protest, they rioted) to prevent Milo Yiannopoulous and Ann Coulter from making speeches. The latest liberal mantra is, “The First Amendment does not protect hate speech.” (“Hate speech” meaning, “Any disagreement with me about anything.”)

    Can you say, “hypocrisy” and “double standard”?

    1. To expand on that:

      I to am a free speech absolutist. I am also a freedom of association absolutist.

      So while I would never pass a law or support prosecution of speech, I will also stand behind anyone who wants to distance themselves from anyone else who says or does something you disagree with.

      I really hate when people nowadays decide that free speech also means freedom from consequences. Reminds me of how quickly most who rushed to protect the Dixie Chicks were also the same that wanted the Duck Dynasty guys show canceled, or vice versa.

    2. “I really hate when people nowadays decide that free speech also means freedom from consequences.”

      My favorite is when people say all sorts of vile things to me on my YouTube channel and then when they run out of warnings they say that I have a thing against free speech. I’ve had a couple guys go that route. It’s like, “Ummm, I’m under no obligation to let you swear at me and my subscribers on a regular basis on my own YouTube channel. Sorry. It doesn’t work that way.”

    3. “BTW, in 2014, a town in Nebraska had a Fourth of July parade. One float had an outhouse with a sign that said, ‘Obama Presidential Library.’ The DOJ investigated it as a possible hate crime.”

      Good memory. The problem with conversations like this is that most people forget about key moments from the past that shed light on the present.

    4. I believe the courts determined that incitements to violence aren’t covered by 1st Amendment protections. Her photo can be reasonably interpreted as an incitement to violence.

  6. I like what happened because this is who they are.

    I didn’t want that to be true, but it’s a good thing to know that the ‘wrong’ president would get them to show their most base tendencies and hatreds. Still if anyone bothers paying attention, they’ve been like this a very long time.

    Trust me…every prominent leftist that saw Kathy’s stunt waited for public reaction before saying anything. Had the people pulled off a positive reaction, they would be all cheers right now. Kathy was doing this, only to be disappointed.

    Remember, they went insane over a rodeo clown with an Obama mask.

    They are the Joker in Dark Knight…utterly convinced of humanity’s depravity mirroring their own…counting on it in fact.

    I disagree though Doug. We can’t control the nature of the swing against these things, but I do know that things have swung against it, and I support it whole-heartedly. These may be tough days, but like Reagan said…our best days are ahead of us. I see more people speaking the language of liberty than ever, The campus fascists are being exposed as the scumbags they are. They are not winning, they are building public support for their enemies. The forces of ignorance are losing…and in their desperation are losing their minds.

    Marvel, bad Bill Nye shows and a shrinking audience of tools huddling to together to watch bad comedians won’t reverse that tide.

    1. “These may be tough days, but like Reagan said…our best days are ahead of us. I see more people speaking the language of liberty than ever, The campus fascists are being exposed as the scumbags they are.”

      I hope you’re right, man. I’ll keep doing my best in terms of pushing back. That’s all we can do. If you do your best and its not good enough, then you can still rest easy.

  7. In all honesty, I’m kinda shocked that this image got the reaction that it did. I guess I’m just so used to over the top celebrity reactions to Trump that I barely batted an eye. I mean, sure, I thought it was in horrible taste and incredibly inappropriate, but I think I’ve just become desensitized to celebrities saying and doing outrageous or dumb things in relation to Trump. TDS(Trump Derangement Syndrome) is definitely a real thing.

    I think another thing that’s getting to celebrities is the fact that they are realizing that fewer and fewer people actually value their opinions on politics and values. Meryl Streep’s Oscars speech was illuminating in how she seemed to view Hollywood people as an oppressed class. While such a notion is utterly ridiculous on its face, it reveals just how out of touch with reality they really are. The election of Trump was a huge blow to their perception of the world and their importance in it. Rather than viewing it as a wake-up call, most are simply doubling down on their out of touch views to an insane degree.

    Adding to all of this as well has to be their lack of religious faith in many instances. If someone doesn’t believe in a caring creator who has a bigger plan for humanity, that’s bound to give them a radically different view on politics. It becomes a zero sum game where each election is possibly the end of the world. I can only imagine how cynical I would become if my ultimate hope rested on the corrupt politicians in Washington and in other governments around the world.

  8. So, the members of this “resistance” get together in a fancy studio, dress Griffin in expensive clothing and plaster her in makeup, have her pick up the severed prop head designed by a professional prop maker and then take photographs in poses designed by a committee of wealthy individuals desperate for something to stand for and so pathetically needful for attention. The result? Pedestrian, predictable, puerile “art”, just as uninspired and unremarkable as they are.

    You did want to “make noise” Ms. Griffin, however the only sound you shall hear is the mocking laughter directed towards you and your pitiable attempts at arousing any other response.

    1. “You did want to ‘make noise’ Ms. Griffin, however the only sound you shall hear is the mocking laughter directed towards you and your pitiable attempts at arousing any other response.”

      Did you see her press conference, Carnage707? Classic! She started crying and somehow managed to blame Trump. “He broke me! He broke me…” Give me a break.

    2. Yes I saw it. Those three words uttered in that pitiful moment captured forever on video say everything about Griffin and those like her than I could ever hope to articulate here. No eloquent statements, no analogies, no perfectly constructed essays I could possibly write would define them as clearly as she had done herself.

  9. Well said! Like I said in my latest post, I don’t like Trump but no one deserves an image like that. Hope she realizes from now on that actions have consequences!

    1. “Well said! Like I said in my latest post, I don’t like Trump but no one deserves an image like that.”

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, myrawthoughts. I really appreciate it. 🙂

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