September 11, 2007

Kathy Griffin Offends the Almighty, Gets Applause

I'm slow on the uptake on this one, folks, but I have to get it out there.

Yahoo! News: Griffin's Emmy remarks to be censored

LOS ANGELES - Before Kathy Griffin won a creative arts Emmy last weekend for her reality show, "My Life on the D-List," she joked that an award would move her to the C-list.

She was right: "C" as in censored. The TV academy said her raucous acceptance speech will be edited when the event, which was taped, is shown Saturday on the E! channel. The main prime-time Emmy Awards air the next night on Fox.

"Kathy Griffin's offensive remarks will not be part of the E! telecast on Saturday night," the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said in a statement Monday.

Her exact quote according to Towleroad was:

A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus...Suck it, Jesus. This award is my God now.

Griffin is a self-described militant atheist and she has built her reputation on being offensive and edgy, so these remarks aren't really a surprise.

I disagree with Yahoo!'s use of the word "censored" to describe the actions of private concerns because it calls to mind and confuses the action with that of the government to suppress free speech. Let's do be clear: Kathy Griffin's right to free speech has not been violated. E! and the TV Academy are within their rights to not air her comment.

In response to Miss Griffin's remarks, Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League, has demanded an apology and threatened her with the scarlet letter B for Bigotry if she doesn't comply.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences reacted responsibly to our criticism of Kathy Griffin’s verbal assault on 85 percent of the U.S. population. The ball is now in Griffin’s court. The self-described ‘complete militant atheist’ needs to make a swift and unequivocal apology to Christians. If she does, she will get this issue behind her. If she does not, she will be remembered as a foul-mouthed bigot for the rest of her life.

Since the word is bandied about so, I took the liberty of looking up "bigot" to see if it is something I should be worried about.

big·ot (bĭg'ət)
n. One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.

Sweet baby Jebus' dirty Huggies! I'm a bigot!

I love how Bill Donahue appeals to the mob in his threat. 85% of Americans, huh? What about the other 15%? What about those, like myself, who are offended by his demand for apology? I think he's a bigot!


I hope Kathy Griffin doesn't apologize to those people.

The simple fact of the matter is that you can't have any beliefs about anything without implying that the opposite belief is wrong and incompatible with [insert your epistemological method of choice here.].

Theism and belief in the supernatural in general is incompatible with reason. Reason and scientific thought in general is incompatible with faith.

Mysticism in general, and Christianity in particular, is an arbitrary assertion for something that has no supporting ever been presented and none can ever be presented. It's patently absurd, regardless of how many people subscribe to them, no one owes them the least bit of respect, admiration, or even silence when the opportunity for a funny joke is presented.

If mysticism weren't so pervasive, I would even say that the only proper way to address those ideas is with derision, mockery, and open, laughing disdain.

So, Jesus-freaks, get over yourselves already. Blasphemy is the new Thanks to the Academy.

Posted by Flibbertigibbet at September 11, 2007 03:51 PM | TrackBack

Hello....Kathy Griffin is a comedian!!! I think her irreverence is what makes her so funny. People need to relax!!
P.S. News flash!!! Not everyone in this world believes in Jesus Christ!!!

Posted by: Carole at September 11, 2007 05:14 PM

I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out what they were so upset about. Telling Jesus to suck it? That's pretty tame in my book of blasphemies.

You are right: this isn't censorship, and it shouldn't be called censorship. Nonetheless, I'm sure Kathy is loving it. She lives for this stuff. Remember what she did at last year's Emmys?

Posted by: Qwertz at September 11, 2007 10:30 PM

You know if you were to offend Ali or Muhamad or other gods, they would be so much demand for an apology, God has struck people down for alot less, I think the Christians of this country and around the world should demand an apology from her, thats what I want.
So give it up Kathy Griffin you can joke about a lot of things but not my Saviour

Posted by: Mike Conatser at September 12, 2007 11:07 AM

Well, I want an apology for your demand for an apology because you are offending rational thinkers like myself.

I'm not sure that claiming to be as irrational as the Muslims really helps your case.

And finally, please provide verifiable documentation of God striking anyone down. I'd be interested in seeing that.

Posted by: Flibbert at September 12, 2007 11:42 AM

Sweet Holy Moses that was funny stuff. Flibbert you rock.

I demand an apology from the people who demand an apology from Miss Griffith because they have offended by sense of humor.

Posted by: Marnee at September 12, 2007 09:15 PM
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