I used to be a Kathy Griffin fan. When she hooked up with Tyler Shields for the photograph that cost her pretty much her entire career in May of last year I thought she had gone to far. If you put things into perspective, Kathy had a sister with terminal cancer at the time. I can tell you from personal experience that is a harrowing thing to go through. He sister died four months after that photo was taken. During all of that, there was the most brutal backlash against a famous person I can recall. The only thing that seems to be in any way similar to how people have reacted to her is the public’s view of Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein. They have been accused of raping and sexually assaulting dozens of women. I’m not sure that a very distasteful photo shoot that disturbed people not just because of the subject matter itself but for the depiction of a beheading of anyone during a time when people were being beheaded by Islamic terrorists deserves the same punishment that serial rapists should get.
Maybe Tyler Shields was right when he compared the backlash against The Dixie Chicks and their offensive comments about President Bush to Kathy’s situation in an interview with Architectural Digest.
And the photographer has one more comparison between the musical group’s 2002 comments publicly disavowing former President George W. Bush and Shields’s picture of Griffin: “When they said what they said, people weren’t ready to hear it. When we did that photograph, people hadn’t seen anything like that before. That’s the point of living in this country: You can make something people don’t like.”
As this terrifying presidency goes on, maybe the horror and disgust we felt over that photo has diminished. Maybe we can reconsider the punishment. Maybe it is time to let Kathy Griffin do her job again.
Kathy has spent the last few months on a world tour taking her comedy act on the road. She is on the Interpol list and was questioned for hours by the Secret Service. So when she travels now she has legitimate concerns about being allowed into, and perhaps even out of, certain countries. Even the aforementioned rapists don’t have that worry.
This week, Kathy is taking steps toward being back on the US map. She had a really well-written piece published in Time this week. It’s about the red carpet before award ceremonies and how they are basically reducing women down to their fashion when they have so much more to say right now. How the times have changed.
I honestly don’t think many American women are watching and writing down words like “Diane von Furstenberg” or “Oscar de la Renta.” With everything going on in the world, you don’t need the red carpet to make the average American feel like s—t. Fashion will always be a part of it—and every blog in the world is going to take it apart, tearing it apart or praising it. If I had Frances McDormand on the red carpet—God love her, no one wants to know what makeup she wears, because she doesn’t wear any—I would have a printout of the three billboards that were erected in London to seek justice for the Grenfell fire, and ask her what she thought. And I’d also ask, by the way, before you go, is Sam Rockwell really a good kisser? You can do both!
Also in this piece was this sentence, “You can’t ask them to spin in front of a camera. These poor women have spun enough.” And it made me thing of a misogynist we know all too well around here.
This week she has two TV appearances. The first two since her incident last May. On Thursday night she will be on Jimmy Kimmell and on Friday she will be on Real Time with Bill Maher. The ratings may have a great impact on her fate. If you think she has been through enough, tune in and give her some support. Click on over to her Time magazine article and give the views a bump. If you want her to continue to pay for her very bad decision don’t.
I for one will be tuning in.