My brother, Paul, a small business owner whose politics trend to the right of mine (by a good bit) just asked me in a text message what I thought–and what those who follow my blog think–about Kathy Griffin holding up a bloody fake head of Donald Trump.
I told him I thought it was atrocious, inappropriate and wrong. That simply is not acceptable behavior, regardless of who engages in it. She’s a 56-year-old comedian, one known for low blows and easy, crude laughs and I’ve never given her a second thought until now. I equate her more to Rush Limbaugh than to Mitch McConnell, but the graphic is still horrific.
Some of our fringe nutjobbies on the left and the right get inspiration from those willing to suspend taste and good sense and say for all to hear what they fantasize. I’m sure as many on the left have had thoughts of Trump’s untimely death as those on the right had those thoughts about Obama. Neither was right.
I will not, however, equate what an unhinged comedian did with the call for shooting liberals from Republican officials–men (nearly all of them; and white, of course) who were elected to represent Americans of all stripes. They have called ICE on peaceful brown-skinned protesters, suggested protesters should be punished by death, suggested Democratic opponents be shot, urged that Republicans “pop” (shoot) members of CNN and on and on–a significant ansd official litany of abuse.
Ann Coulter (a Republican comedian–how else to explain her?–and not elected to anything) suggested the New York Times be bombed. I didn’t take that seriously any more than I take Kathy Griffin seriously, but it was a stupid statement without the gravity of an official statement.
In a nutshell: Yes, Paul, Kathy Griffin was wrong and she has apologized. My guess is that her career trajectory will take an immediate downward turn. That is deserved. I don’t approve of what she did and those on my side–by a huge margin–don’t either.