Kathy Griffin’s career is being decimated by her decision to put out a photo of herself looking like a Jihadi extremist holding a bloodied replica of President Donald Trump’s severed head.
Public outrage of her interpretation of comedy has caused most every venue that had her on their schedules to remove the Trump-hating loudmouth from their line-ups.
However, the photo wasn’t enough to bury her. On Friday, she engaged a team of lawyers to stage a chaotic press conference in which she proceeded to nuke whatever was left of her career by blaming President Trump for the fallout from her own actions.
Her press conference inspired the Uptown Theatre in Napa, California to become the last of seven venues to cancel her show, which had been set for June 17. Reactions to the Uptown’s announcement on Facebook that Griffin was being fired from the gig were proof-positive that Griffin’s days in the spotlight have likely come to an abrupt end.
People like Facebook user Theresa Coolong said, “WELL DONE!! Especially after her stupid news conference today defending her actions.” Others thanked the theater for “standing up for decency and respecting America,” as another Facebook user, Marsha Mirachi, put it.
Critics concerned that free speech is being stifled echoed Griffin’s own fears, which she stated repeatedly in her press conference.
Facebook user Tom Neuerberg commented, “In the future will the uptown refuse to book any performers with any type of criminal background? Substance abuse? Domestic assault? Or just comedians who make ill advised jokes?”
Richard Selleseth pointed out, “Who are the snowflakes now? Folks were burning & hanging the last president in effigy for eight years.”
Luckily for Griffin, her 50-date Celebrity Run-Ins Tour was nearing its last several shows, six of which are now cancelled, or she would have lost more income.
Even Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who expressed his support for her on Thursday, uninvited her from an upcoming book event despite previously saying he wouldn’t. “After hearing from many Minnesotans who were rightfully offended, I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be best for her not to participate in the event we had previously scheduled. I understand why Minnesotans were upset by this, and I take that very seriously,” said Franken.
Just hours after Griffin’s disgusting photo was released into the public, CNN’s PR department tweeted, “CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program.”
Even Squatty Potty, a company that makes ergonomic footstools designed to ease bowel movements, severed their relationship with the comedienne. “We were shocked and disappointed to learn about the image Ms. Griffin shared today, it was deeply inappropriate and runs contrary to the core values our company stands for. In response, Squatty Potty has suspended its ad campaign featuring Ms. Griffin,” said company CEO Bobby Edwards in a statement. “We have acted swiftly and decisively to demonstrate our commitment to a culture of decency, civility, and tolerance.”
The president’s 11-year-old son Barron reportedly saw the picture on the news – and thought it was real, causing the Trump family to make it clear that Griffin’s photo was causing real harm.
First Lady Melania Trump said, “As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing. When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it.”
The president himself commented Wednesday morning, saying Griffin “should be ashamed of herself’ for posting video of the photo shoot on social media.” He also tweeted, “My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!’
During her press conference, she railed against “white men” as the bane of her existence, but there’s one white man who apparently still supports her right to be as crude as she wants to be in pursuit of her “art”: Jim Carrey.
According to Carrey, it is “the job of a comedian to cross the line at all times, because that line is not real.” He went on to say that comedians have a responsibility as artists to do such things. “If you step out into that spotlight and you’re doing the crazy things that [Trump is] doing, we are the last line of defense. And really, the comedians are the last voice of truth in this whole thing. It’s impossible to get away from it.”
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