Jenny Beth’s Journal: Kathy Griffin, America isn’t laughing
Comedian Kathy Griffin this week showed us something more likely seen on an ISIS propaganda video than in late-night stand-up: her holding a prop made to look like a bloodied, decapitated President Donald Trump – a “celebration of the most inhuman violence,” says Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in her latest column.
On Tuesday, as the pictures made their way around the Internet, and as everyday Americans began tweeting their horror, Griffin defended her actions, tweeting: “OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I’m merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.”
Obviously? Americans can be forgiven, of course, for making the obvious connection between beheadings and violence. The photos were not merely a condoning of violence; they were, in fact, a celebration of the most inhuman violence.
Political mockery has played an important role throughout history. Ancient Greek playwrights, most notably Aristophanes, perfected the art of political humor, honing the craft of making audiences laugh while poking fun at politicians, political systems, and government bureaucracies. But political satirists play with words, not the likeness of decapitated heads. And Griffin, whose chosen profession is comedy, should know the difference.
Political activists on the left have abandoned even the pretense of civil discourse and commit the same – and arguably worse! – blunders for which they condemn their political adversaries. Miss Griffin and her fellow “comedians” – like Stephen Colbert – should reconsider their material because Americans aren’t laughing. Click here to get involved and help Tea Party Patriots push back against vile political rhetoric.