Comics like Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld are rushing to Kathy Griffin's defense. Here's why they're wrong.
Comedians are starting to pipe up about GriffinGate.
We all know what happened after Kathy Griffin gleefully posed with President Trump’s bloody, decapitated head.
- Media outrage (both left and right) ensued.
- Griffin’s Public Mea Culpa.
- Griffin’s disastrous press conference.
What’s next? Comedians rallying to Griffin’s side. Mostly.
Jim Carrey defended Griffin, adding he dreams of braining President Trump with a golf club himself.
Jerry Seinfeld said the joke bombed. So what? “I don’t understand the big deal?”
Comic actor Alec Baldwin unabashedly cheered her on.
Jay Leno echoed Seinfeld’s sentiment. Move along. Nothing to see here.
Margaret Cho supported Griffin, saying GriffinGate will only make her a bigger star. C-list, anyone?
And more will likely speak out in Griffin’s defense. Yet where were these comedians when a rodeo clown got shredded by the mainstream media? His crime? Mocking President Barack Obama.
Silent. Maybe he wasn’t famous enough for them to protect.No one would raise hell, or even heck, if Griffin landed a comic haymaker on Trump. Click To Tweet
More importantly, don’t Leno, Seinfeld, Baldwin, Carrey and Cho get the bigger picture? The president deserves a level of respect in our culture. Mock him. Taunt him. Have at it. It’s a time-honored tradition done to perfection by Johnny Carson.
Others, like Stephen Colbert, are too consumed by rage to do so. Even a Colbert wouldn’t attempt Griffin’s image. At least we hope not.
No one would raise hell, or even heck, if Griffin landed a comic haymaker on Trump. Some argue there’s been an overload of those gags since Trump assumed office. That’s a different, and valid, argument. That crowd isn’t calling for any punishments to be meted out, though. They say it’s merely an exhausted trope at this point.
Showing his bloodied head to the masses? Unacceptable. Period. Full stop.
When Carrey said there was no “line” to cross in comedy he wasn’t being honest. Ask that rodeo clown.
So why are comedians rushing to prop up a “broken” Griffin? Blame the political party attached to said head.
Here’s betting Leno, Cho, Carrey and Seinfeld wouldn’t have said a peep in Griffin’s defense had she targeted President Barack Obama. Or even Presidents Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. They would have stayed silent. Or, they might have joined the pitchfork brigade against the 56-year-old comic after seeing that bloody image.
That’s the “big deal,” to paraphrase Seinfeld. And it’s huge. The disconnect on display is yet another sign of a collective group that doesn’t “get” half the country. And doesn’t want to try, it seems.
So spare us the phony support. If you wouldn’t offer it to a comic holding the severed head of a Democrat, it’s worthless.
Actually, it’s worse. It’s hypocrisy 101.