Kathy Griffin, who enjoys making people laugh for a living, laid an egg with her insult to President Trump. The joke back-fired, leaving her, literally fired, from being a New Year’s Eve host for CNN.
Kathy Griffin, Self-Sabotage
Kathy got it wrong. She thought everyone was on the same side with her. But her audience didn’t appreciate the joke.
Kathy’s joke set her up to lose much more than she could ever have won.
The Secret Service got involved. Terrifying!
She had to apologize — not in her famous comic persona — but in her normal, everyday Kathy-mode.
Citizens of the US must respect the Office of the President. There’s no mandate that says we should agree with everything that the President says.
Using her public position to promote an image, featuring herself, holding Trump’s bloody head in her hand, turned out to be a really bad idea.
President Trump tweeted his displeasure, saying that his eleven-year-old son, Barron, was upset by the image.
Being Neutral: Freedom to Express Opinion
Unlike fellow comedian, Hasan Minhaj, who stood in neutral as he roasted President Trump and all of the guests at the White House Press Corps dinner, Griffin’s attack blew up in her face.
From a DramaGuru perspective, Kathy expressed her opinion — in an offensive, trying to be funny way, and set up a devastating Baby Jane attack on herself:
- Fired, from her CNN New Year’s Eve hosting job.
- Embarrassed in front of friends, family and fans.
- Under scrutiny from the Secret Service
Hasan Minhaj was more effective in expressing himself. He didn’t drive up hatred. His wise-cracking insight, earned my respect. Standing in neutral allowed him to keep his emotions in check. He didn’t veer off neutral by getting too fired up or too low-key. He stayed in neutral throughout his entire presentation. And he was effective in getting his message across.
Hasan Minhaj didn’t fall into the trap that Kathy Griffin fell into.
Interrupt the Pattern, Change the Game
“Griffin only knew she had done wrong because of the swiftness with which the nation passed its judgment on her disgusting stunt. For like all fame-hungry performers, in the end, what she wants most of all is love — and she thought she would get more love for posing for and posting that photograph…
When Griffin realized it was horror, rather than ‘you go girl’ admiration she had provoked, and not just among the yahoos, but with everybody with a soul enough to understand she was normalizing an image of a presidential assassination, she tossed the photograph onto the trash heap of history.” In her bubble, Kathy Griffin thought nothing was out of bounds in mocking Trump
It’s a trap! Love doesn’t live there.
Dear Kathy, people love you for making fun of other people. But that’s a different kind of love. Once you stop making fun of people, they will move on, to someone else, who is willing to make fun of people.
So, in the end, as we all know, Mr. Trump was elected President of the US. It is acceptable to make jokes about impeachment, hoping he will resign, about his decisions, etc. That is to be expected, if your candidate didn’t win.
But, he has the job. Joking about assassinations is way over the line.
People Do Dumb Things
Much love to Kathy for being human. She did something stupid. She took responsibility for it. Time heals all wounds. It was in poor taste…but she didn’t actually kill anyone. Let the stink of the egg fade. Time to move on to new topics.
Looking for the Silver Lining
I check Donald’s Twitter daily. I never used to be interested in politics. Too many arguments and confusion around different issues. I like the photo opportunity group shots that he posts. Out of respect for the Office of the President, people smile in recognition of the moment. I would smile too. That doesn’t mean agreement.
I hope that, before the end of his presidency, Donald gives people something to smile about that benefits humanity and generates agreement.