Is this the new America?
Disrespecting the President of the United States or using his name as a punchline at some hair-brained party in a lonely dive bar to score a few laughs is a decade-old tradition that will probably stand the test of time.
Public officials, or anyone living in the public spotlight, are open to ridicule. But is the joke just not funny anymore? Or the better question, when is the punchline crossing the line?
I’m not sure there is any better person to answer that question than Kathy Griffin. While she has the title “comedienne” by her name, I wouldn’t call her an A-list performer — more like a C or D-lister.
Griffith released a photo yesterday, taken by controversial photographer Tyler Shields who is used to receiving some backlash for his work, where she was holding a depiction of president Donald Trump’s bloody head.
TMZ (the celebrity news website) released the photo Tuesday online with the caption that read, “Kathy Griffin wants Donald Trump’s head … but she wants it bloody and detached from his body.”
The image is disgusting to say the very least. For those who haven’t seen the picture, I would strongly advise against it unless you have a sadistic, psychopathic sense of humor — and if you do, there are treatment facilities available.
Anyways, back on topic. This latest attempt of “humor” or to accurately show how strongly the Hollywood elites really want to portray “OUR” — yes, if you are an American citizen, Trump is “OUR”president — is really disturbing.
I grew up to always respect the office of the President of the United States, even if I didn’t agree with the person occupying that office, and over the last eight years, I didn’t agree with the majority of the decisions that came out of the Oval Office. However, I still wanted that president to succeed because I wanted America to succeed. I know that sounds like a foreign concept.
Especially now, with people like Griffin taking photo shoots and trying to glorify a beheading of our president. To her credit, she ended up apologizing. Was it sincere? I believed her about as much as I believe my five-year-old when he apologizes to keep from getting in trouble.
The truth is, she got blasted on social media. The backlash she received was harsh and truly deserved. Even Chelsea Clinton, daughter of 2016 presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, even voiced her displeasure of the photo.
Chelsea Clinton took to Twitter to denounce the latest Griffin attempt at comedy.
“This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president,” Clinton said via the social media site.
So, again, did the apology result from the backlash? Most likely. But let’s look past those hollow words for a moment.
Hollywood has constantly voiced its displeasure with the current president. But just because it has the loudest voice doesn’t mean it speaks for all Americans. In fact, Trump was elected by everyday Americans — not by the Hollywood elites or the Griffins of the world.
If the Hollywood elites don’t respect the office of the president — or the country — then get the hell out. In fact, a plethora of celebrities vowed to leave America if Trump won the election. In a day and age where campaign promises mean the world, maybe those individuals should live up to their campaign promises and relocate to a third-world country.
I for one would not miss a life that did not involve the likes of Griffin and her sad attempts at humor.
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