Less than a year after Kathy Griffin was pictured holding a fake bloodied, severed head of Donald Trump last May, the far-left comedian claims that the president has a “vendetta” against her and personally ordered Secret Service agents to investigate her. Griffin made the accusations while a guest on ABC’s Start Here podcast after host Brad Mielke asked her if the President took those actions just to make her life miserable. “Of course,” she replied. “You know how he works.”
For a journalistic enterprise, the New York Times certainly has a tortured view of free expression, with writers puritanically trumpeting their personal boycotts and criticisms of entertainers who aren’t pristinely politically correct. Times columnist Lindy West went after the British liberal, atheist comedian Ricky Gervais for being unashamed to tell “offensive” jokes: “The World Is Evolving and Ricky Gervais Isn’t.” Roxane Gay announced she was boycotting "Roseanne" because star Roseanne Barr is a Trump supporter. Yet comedian Kathy Griffin's comeback from the Trump-severed-head photo incident was cheered.
The media has always made a point to pit itself against President Donald Trump. And now, they’re employing Kathy Griffin’s help.
In the midst of the utterings of doom from Hollywood, it’s interesting to see what merits a gleeful response from celebrities.
The ongoing controversy over pornstar Stormy Daniels and President Trump has celebrities frolicking over the media’s salacious coverage of the story, the lawsuit, and the people involved. During Anderson Cooper’s Sunday interview with Stephanie Cliffords, otherwise known as Stormy Daniels, on CBS’ 60 Minutes, some of the more outspoken in Hollywood hypocritically weighed in.
As President Trump delivered his State of the Union address on January 30, Hollywood expressed its outrage that Trump actually followed tradition and spoke to the people. Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Wil Wheaton posted before the address: “Tonight, Shitler is going to read a speech filled with lies and falsehoods. He will say things that sound reasonable, but won't mean any of them. Pundits will declare him to be Super Totally Presidential For Real This Time. Do not be fooled. He is a liar, a racist, and a disgrace.”
When Donald Trump delivered his first joint address to Congress, on February 28, some in the media were actually outraged by the President’s invitation to Carryn Owens, the widow of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens. Bill Maher called her a “prop.” The New York Times's James Poniewozik was enraged by Trump's other invitees, including victims of undocumented immigrants. The following are some of the worst takes on Trump’s first address to Congress, as culled from the MRC’s archive:
Kathy Griffin is back, again reminding the population about her time in the limelight a few months ago when she posed with fake, bloodied head of President Trump. Rather than rolling with her apology and moving on with her life, Kathy has decided to again revert to this angry spectacle by taking back her apology for the photo. In an interview with the BBC World News program HardTalk, Griffin took back her previous apology for the photo “1,000 percent.”
It was the year of the F-bomb -- every single one of them aimed at the president of the United States. It’s been 12 months since the 2016 election and already at least 63 of the angriest Hollywood elites -- A-listers, has-beens, teen stars, rappers, and wannabes alike -- have delivered a collective middle finger to the president.
Halloween is when kids dress up in costume and parents share cute pictures of their kids on social media. Leave it to bitter liberal Hollywood to ruin one child’s picture. Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a photo of his daughter, Chloe, with the caption, “I’m going to take half of Chloe’s candy tonight and give it to some kid who sat at home. It’s never to early to teach her about socialism.” Socialist Hollywood was quick to jump on this statement, retweeting the child’s picture and the caption with their own views. Amber Tamblyn, the actress who declared war on conservatives, called the picture and the caption “whiteness,” saying that “it’s beyond commentary on socialism. It’s a viewpoint only extreme privilege can afford.”
The left enjoys discord on the right -- Never Trumpers vs. MAGAs, congress vs. the president, etc. But grab some popcorn and have a quick look at how things are playing out on the liberal side.
New York Times reporter Dan Bilefsky devoted a long review-interview in Saturday Arts to left-wing British journalist Jonathan Freedland’s novel about the assassinating of a president, “Trump Is Stranger Than Fiction.” He dutifully passed along the suggestion that such assassination porn was inevitable “when the top guy in the White House appears to be recklessly lurching toward global destruction....” Bilefsky, a foreign reporter for the paper, has previously blamed Brexit for hate crimes, but betrays no concern that this novel may provoke in similar fashion, and registers nothing objectionable about the epidemic of imagined presidential assassinations among liberal "artists."
The only unforgivable sin in this culture are being conservative. Everything else is so easily forgiven and forgotten by the media. Kathy Griffin made it to the cover of The Guardian this week, dressed as Che Guevara, the infamous Marxist revolutionary who helped bring communism to Cuba and murdered a whole lot of people while doing it. The public most likely knows her best as the woman who channeled ISIS and held up a severed bleeding fake head that looked like Trump for a photoshoot. But in the interview, Griffin maintained that she had done nothing wrong.