First, Kathy Griffin was expressing her artistic freedom with a picture of Trump’s severed head (see Kathy Griffin Beheads President Trump in Photo Shoot. But Republicans Are Hateful…). Then, she was very very sorry about it. Now? She isn’t sorry, the Trump family is bullying her, and oh yeah, meet my attorney.
Since outrage erupted this week over a photo of Kathy Griffin holding a faux bloodied head that resembled President Trump, the usually fast-talking comic has refrained from commenting beyond a brief, video-recorded apology posted to social media.
“I’m a comic,” she said on Tuesday night. “I cross the line. I move the line, and then I cross it. I went way too far.”
But on Thursday, attorney Lisa Bloom announced she and Griffin would be holding a news conference Friday morning to “explain the true motivation behind the image” and “respond to the bullying from the Trump family she has endured.”
Bullying is a serious problem made worse by social media. It’s a serious problem too many kids have to deal with. It’s a serious problem that is cheapened every time a grown ass adult claims they’re being bullied. The fat kid with a lisp who wears a cape to school is bullied. Kathy Griffin is a celebrity (well, she thinks so at least) who has more money that fat kid will ever know, who just held up a replica of a severed head of the Trump family’s husband, father, and grand father.
The family being angry at you isn’t bullying. It’s them being justifiably angry. When people respond accordingly to a hit on their family, that isn’t bullying. When someone defends themselves after they’ve been accused of something, that isn’t bullying. When a wife sees a “comedian” holding a replica severed head of her husband and she responds with a statement, that’s not bullying.
It’s becoming clearer and clearer that the real reason Griffin made these big splashes in the attention pool is not due to her high-diving success. She’s flailing around hoping someone saves her from drowning unnoticed.