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By now, the entire world has seen the photo of self-admitted D-List Nobody Kathy Griffin holding up a fake severed head of President Donald Trump. The outcry has been predictably deafening from all sides, so I thought I’d try to break down why we should all be pissed off over this stupid stunt.

This wasn’t a political statement; it was a selfish publicity stunt.

I have no problem with a person taking bold actions to generate attention to a noble political cause, but that’s not what Griffin did. This was all about her trying to get press for being outrageous; for what it’s worth, it’s fair to say she may have outkicked her coverage in this regard because she certainly got plenty of press over the photo. What was the point? That a big chunk of the country has a real problem with Donald Trump and the way he’s running the country? I’m pretty sure anyone who hasn’t been in a coma for the past year managed to figure that one out for themselves.

Here’s a quick test to see if you are acting like a political martyr or a shameless publicity whore:

Any questions?

But the worst part is what came next- the angry wallowing of a nation of righteous hypocrites. Here we go.

Yeah, the President got to get all righteously indignant and fire up the heartland about Barron Trump seeing the photo on television, but let’s not forget even Trump’s beloved neo-politboro Fox News had no trouble showing the photo. It’s been two days and the photo is still on the front of the Fox News website. As an aside, shouldn’t the President be more pissed at Fox News than anyone? Do the televisions in Trump Tower even get any channels besides Fox News? If Fox News didn’t air it out of respect to the President, the righteous indignation might not seem like such posturing.

So of course, social media responded with a slew of photos like these, which make a pretty valid point:

Yeah, because this is exactly the conversation America needs to be having right now. It’s not like there is anything else going on today, like the United States pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement or anything, right?

So who are the winners and losers here?

LOSER: Kathy Griffin. Her career was already nothing to write home about, but it has to be toast now. Anyone who hires her is going to get bombarded with hate mail and negative press and to be honest, it’s not like Griffin was very talented, to begin with.

WINNER AND LOSER: Donald Trump. Yeah, he got another round of hooting and hollering from his base, and anything that distracts the news cycle away from Trump’s policies and/or anything involving Russia has to be deemed a win. But the President may really regret bringing eleven-year-old Barron into this whole thing; everyone has pretty much left him alone (and rightfully so). By using his child as a political shield, many will argue Trump himself brought his child into the arena and is therefore fair game. Messy stuff all around.

WINNER: Anderson Cooper. With Kathy Griffin fired from her annual co-hosting duties on CNN’s New Year’s Eve telecast, perhaps poor Anderson Cooper can finally relax and enjoy the evening. And if anyone deserves a drama-free night, it’s our boy Coop.

“Breaking News coming in now… this New Year’s Eve is gonna be fucking sweet! Now back to me rolling my eyes at Jeffrey Lord.”

Author

A passionate communicator, advocate, and opinion maker with executive-level experience in law, public policy, and government. (Don't let the boyish good looks fool you.) President of Perpetual Fortitude, a Pennsylvania-based political consulting and social media management firm. (www.perpetualfortitude.com)

2 Comments

  1. Joseph Pratt

    Fantastic blog post! I agree with you on one of those points. I think Anderson Cooper might be able to enjoy doing the New Year’s Eve shows on CNN without Kathy Griffin. She has done some crazy things on there.

  2. karl dunkle

    I Believe that Kathy Did nothing wrong, we want the Fake president and his fake administration out! Either we fight like they fight , or we can”When they go low we go high” which is a great applause line , But horrible fight stratergerie! when they Go Low we Kick them in the nuts is more apropos! We Liberals and gems need a win, and loosing by 100 votes is an ass whooping! Stop throwing our own under the bus.. Remember when that woman who said she did not treat white clients as well as she treated Black clients and president Obama fired Her? threw her under the Bus because he was worried “What is Foxx news gonna say, Lordie lor dee?” We Need gems to stand up for each other Proclaim freedom of speech including what Bill Mahre said when he self deprecated and called himself a House Negra! Content Not Just letters Make Hate speech, Or does american Believe in Jailing every single person who listens to or says the word “N” or Negra? If we can’t say the word How can we discuss it? Or Is this where Black privilege come into being?