A comedic stunt by Kathy Griffin can be seen as bullying, lacking humor and now she is playing the victim.
Kathy Griffin releases photos of her holding a bloodied decapitated head resembling President Donald Trump. Whether you are a supporter or not of our now President of the United States is not the point here. What is important is that she choose to mock a public official and using comedy as a vehicle to make her point and crossed the line.
If you saw a child do this in school, you would be sending him/her to counseling and have them quarantined them to make sure they do not harm anyone. When you display an image like this of the President of the United States with terrorism on the rise and an already volatile world, it causes uprisings. It is an act of bullying, using strength or influence over someone.
As seen on Twitter by @kathygriffin, “I’m merely mocking the Mocker in Chief”.
Bullying is taking on all forms today and it is being disguised as comedy, news, music, freedom of speech, first amendment. The first amendment was never designed to defame individuals.
In the photo, which Griffin tweeted on May 30, then took down, she captioned herself holding up a fake Trump head, covered in fake blood, “I caption this ‘there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his … wherever,'” referring to an exchange between Donald Trump and former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly during the presidential primary season.
Griffins behavior has now cost her many career opportunities as she was let go by CNN’s New Year’s Eve special that she has co-hosted since 2007, concerts have been canceled, appearances and contracts.
In a video later she says, “I realize I crossed the line. I made a mistake and I was wrong.”
“Griffin explained that her and photographer Tyler Shields only spent five minutes coming up with the idea and that the pictures were part of a larger photo shoot that didn’t include Trump.” According to ABC News. How can this be possible? It takes more than 5 minutes to get a decapitated head of the president replicated.
Kathy Griffin has been accused of using her quick wit over the years to bully many public individuals like back in March of 2011 when Sarah Palin after several attacked came back at her calling her a “50-year-old bully”.
Griffin has bullied Bristol Palin using jokes about her being “fat”.
Griffin suggested Palin’s words in the Fox interview missed the mark. “You’re going to call a comedian a bully — then what that tells me is that you have never really been bullied,” Griffin said. “As a comedian, she really is just fodder for me.”
After such extensive repercussions with President Trump, it is interesting that Griffin positions herself as the victim of bullying, rather than the bully.
Remember when you are pointing your finger at someone, three are always pointing back at you. It is not ok to pick a fight and then accuse the other person of starting it. That is what is happening here with Griffin.
Hurt people, hurt people!
Griffin shared on several shows over the years that she was not the popular kid and was even called “dog” “every single day.” “I was so ugly the other kids would look at me and bark.”
“If I’m the one making the joke, it’s ok”, but when Jay Leno made a joke about her it wasn’t and she told him “That was below the belt to me.”
She also struggled with bulimia and body image yet she has no challenge attacking others on the topic.
When do we draw the line in the sand and say this is enough? When do we stop making ok to make jokes that are hurtful and would be considered bullying today?
Gone are the days of speaking our thoughts without attacking one another. It is time to instill old fashion values back into society today.
“Kathy Griffin’s career was over long before she attempted to make a disgusting joke about decapitating the President,” the RNC statement said. “Playing the victim and blaming others for her hateful actions today, and claiming to be (bullied) is a bridge too far.”
Kathy Griffin was the bully to President Trump and now she is playing the victim and making him out to be the bully. If you have been on either side of the fence know it is wrong. The only way to stop to be an agent of change and set the example for others to follow. “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
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