Al Franken Cuts Off Kathy Griffin
Later today, Kathy Griffin is holding a press conference to whine about the “bullying from the Trump family that she has endured.” All she did was behead the President of the United States in effigy and make his youngest son cry, and now everybody’s being mean to her. She’s standing up for herself. (Plus, she’s finally getting the attention she’s craved her whole life, and she’s not giving it up without a fight.)
But beyond this “bullying” she’s suffering, and the professional consequences of her decision — she’s been dropped by a company that facilitates defecation, but enough about CNN — I think what’s really tormenting her right now is the shaming by her peers. When even Keith Olbermann thinks you’ve gone too far…
It’s gotten so bad that even Senator Smalley is turning his back on her. Burgess Everett, Politico:
Sen. Al Franken has reversed himself and decided “it would be best” for Kathy Griffin not to attend an event that the Minnesota senator had scheduled with the comedian for July.
The Democratic senator had said on Wednesday that he would still hold an event with Griffin on July 7 in California, even after publicly distancing himself from an image showing Griffin with a faux beheaded President Donald Trump…
“After hearing from many Minnesotans who were rightfully offended, I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be best for her not to participate in the event we had previously scheduled. I understand why Minnesotans were upset by this, and I take that very seriously.”
Al Franken, appealing to propriety. Will wonders never cease?
Here’s another interesting bit of background on this whole thing. Back in December, here’s what Griffin told New York magazine about her professional goals for 2017:
“It’s not about trying to be an equal-opportunity offender anymore because Hillary got such a beat down. It’s his turn. So I’m happy to deliver [a] beat down to Donald Trump — and also to Barron. You know a lot of comics are going to go hard for Donald, my edge is that I’ll go direct for Barron. I’m going to get in ahead of the game.”
She didn’t say anything about holding a press conference to complain about the backlash, but otherwise she’s right on track. She terrorized a little boy because she hates his dad. Congratulations, Kathy Griffin.
I can’t wait for this press conference, even though that’s exactly what she wants. Maybe it’s a bit? Maybe she’s satirizing the whole phenomenon of sleazy media whores sobbing at a podium while Gloria Allred pats them on the shoulder? Could be. Or maybe she’s doing it for real.