Bonokoski: Kathy Griffin rightly flushed down toilet for disturbing Donald Trump beheading
A screen grab from a video produced by Kathy Griffin.
There is disgusting, and then there is Kathy Griffin.
A C-lister in the pecking order of Hollywood and New York lefties, she is finally famous as the most degenerate of them all.
Griffin thought it would be fun — even funny — to channel her inner ISIS, and hold up the head of a decapitated U.S. President Donald Trump, all gory and bloodied and frighteningly realistic.
What was she thinking?
No doubt ISIS is having a field day today flipping that video to its recruiters, and using it to write their own twisted message on America’s hatred of its president.
Griffin has always been sick. Her jokes are largely sick, and when she co-hosted the New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, he never looked comfortable.
It was almost as if he was being punished for untold wrongs.
Oh, Griffin is now “so sorry.”
Of course she is. The backlash has been unforgiving.
“I’m a comic. I moved the line, and then I crossed it,” she said in a mea-culpa video. “I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offended people.”
Did Griffin actually think, for example, that the family of American journalist James Foley would have been laughing hysterically at the image of a beheaded Trump, and not suddenly thrown back to the horror of their loved one being beheaded by ISIS in 2014?
And what of British aid worker David Haines, a father of two, who had his head lopped off the same year?
Or Israeli-American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was also beheaded by ISIS in 2014?
And they are not alone, of course. There have been scores of others whose names mean nothing because they are not from the west, but all paid no less a price for their capture by ISIS.
Trump’s reaction was not unexpected, other than it was somewhat reserved.
“Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself,” he tweeted. “My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
Anderson Cooper, too, was quick to respond.
“For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in,” he said on Twitter. “It’s clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”
CNN apparently felt the same way, and cut ties with her Wednesday afternoon.
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution — the right to free speech — gives Griffin the legal latitude to be an idiot.
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
A Stanford University law professor, Nathaniel Persily, told USA Today that what Griffin posted was not a direct threat to the president and therefore broke no law.
“People are allowed to wish the president dead, up to a point they express a real intent to harm him,” said Persily. “To threaten someone, you need words that encourage some sort of action, and those words are absent in Griffin’s photo.
In a now-deleted YouTube video, the 56-year-old Griffin is seen holding a fake Trump “head” by the hair. It is streaked with what appears to be blood.
I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017
She drops the head once, and later jokes with the photographer that they are going to have to flee to Mexico once the images go live.
But there were no second thoughts expressed about what they were about to unleash for ... what? ... laughs?
It is therefore apropos that Squatty Potty, a family-owned Utah-based manufacturer of bathroom products, has now dumped Griffin as a company spokesman in a planned ad campaign.
They effectively flushed her down the toilet.
Which is where she belongs.