I’d just like to say that the idea of a “p-ssy” being weak is not only dated, but it’s just the opposite of weakness. But for the sake of the following argument, let’s go with it.
So, comedian Kathy Griffin is currently promoting her “Laugh Your Head Off” tour, and in an interview with USA Today, the 57-year-old said that her shows will focus on the industry exile she experienced when she posed with a Halloween mask of Donald Trump’s “bloody” head. She posted the image on her social media accounts on May 30, 2017, and then all hell broke loose for her.
CNN fired her from its 2017 annual New Year’s Eve telecast. She was let go as a Squatty Potty spokeswoman, and she risked facing charges of conspiracy to assassinate the president.
Despite Griffin’s apology (during which she cried), she doesn’t regret what she did. And she knocks another comedian for not being daring enough to speak about the Cheeto-In-Chief in his comedy – Kevin Hart.
“I do feel like this is such an anxiety-ridden time for everyone that there is a thirst for all kinds of comedy,” she said. “And look, if you want to not hear about Trump at all, go see Kevin Hart. He doesn’t even mention Trump. I personally think that’s a (expletive) move because he’s a black man. But I guess he’s selling more tickets than I ever will.”
So…the “black man” part, we’ll get to that. But is she right? Has Kevin Hart been dodging Donald Trump out of fear?
In an interview with Variety a year ago, Hart clearly stated that he would stay away from Dolt 45 in his comedy because his approach was not to alienate his audience.
“When you jump into that political realm you’re alienating some of your audience,” he explained. “The world today, it’s really not a laughing matter. It’s serious. I don’t want to draw attention to things I don’t have nice things to say about.”
And in another interview with The Daily Beast in August 2017, Hart went a bit further on why political alienation isn’t good for what he’s trying to accomplish.
“When I used the word ‘alienate,’ here’s why,” Hart said. “The way that I see it, my job as a comedian is to spread positivity. To make people laugh. And I don’t want to draw attention to what’s already pissing us as a people off.”
“I want to be a bright spot,” he continued. “I want to take your mind off of whatever may be going on in your life that could be wrong and give you a reason to say, you know what? It’s going to be OK. That’s being the positive, motivating, inspiring person that I am, that I always will be.”
So, what is Griffin’s real gripe? That Hart is a black man who should, by color definition, be more up-in-arms about Trump than her, an older white woman?
Or is Hart being a “p-ssy,” more concerned with losing coins than using his stand-up to stand up against 45?
Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog. Follow Renese on Twitter: @reneseford