Just when it seemed that Kathy Griffin might actually have learned something from the backlash to the picture of her holding a fake, severed head of Donald Trump more than a year ago, the liberal comedian demonstrated that she still has a serious case of “Foot-in-Mouth Disease.”
While discussing her "Laugh Your Head Off" comedy tour, Griffin said: “If you want to not hear about Trump at all, go see Kevin Hart. He doesn’t even mention Trump. I personally think that’s a p*ssy move because he’s a black man, but I guess he’s selling more tickets than I ever will.”
According to an article by USA Today's Patrick Ryan, the liberal comic also stated: “Every day that passes, more people realize not only was my photo literally harmless, but completely legal.”
“The nice thing is that, after a year, several folks who were afraid to support me are [doing so] now, and that obviously signifies a real sea change,” she noted.
“I have people like Mark Hamill tweeting, 'Go see Kathy Griffin.' I barely know Mark Hamill -- I only met him one time,” the comedian said regarding the actor best known for his role in the Star Wars franchise. “That's a big deal for me."
As if that wasn’t pathetic enough, Griffin claimed:
One of the things that's great about being a comedian is you really do get to be a whistle-blower. I like to do it through comedy. People love to hear these stories, so I'm not going to walk away from it. I have a hell of a story to tell.
The reporter began his post by stating: “The defiant, abrasive comedian is back and louder than ever.”
As a result, she was fired from CNN's annual New Year's Eve telecast, dropped as a Squatty Potty spokeswoman and risked facing charges of conspiracy to assassinate the president.
“Despite Griffin's tearful apology and disastrous news conference last summer, she now says she's no longer sorry for the grisly image,” Ryan stated. “In fact, she believes that more people would have supported her had she shared it today.”
Nevertheless, the 57-year-old comedian claimed that she’s “humbled and grateful” to be on her tour, which began in San Francisco on Thursday night.
During her two-hour routine, Ryan noted, Griffin will “take audience members inside her year of self-imposed exile,” including “her time on a no-fly list while under federal investigation, and the grammatically challenged death threats she's received.”
“She'll also recount stories about her own run-ins with Trump through the years,” he noted, “one of which, she promises, ‘is worth the price of admission alone.’”
“I do feel like this is such an anxiety-ridden time for everyone that there is a thirst for all kinds of comedy,” Griffin stated.
The USA Today reporter also noted that the comic’s reality show on the Bravo cable television channel, which was entitled Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List, has not led to her landing another program.
"I wish I had another series," the liberal activist said. "TV is really my main job. It made me be able to live in the house I live in, and I love doing it."
“But for now,” Ryan stated, “she's embracing her new role as a political firebrand.”
However, the black comedian addressed the Griffin controversy while appearing on ABC’s The View last June, when Hart noted: “You’re just looking at comics being comics. We always take risks; but sometimes it can be distasteful.”
“I get that it was a joke,” the comedian said then. “It wasn’t received well. You apologize, you step away from it.”
Of course, if you judge your behavior only on whether it’s “harmless” or “legal” and rely on vulgarity to make your point, even hostile people like Kathy Griffin might be considered hilarious. Sadly for her, that’s just not the case.