Kathy Griffin Is At It Again
July 30, 2012 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy
The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and not necessarily those of The New Agenda.
Going after the Palin family, which seems to be a continuing target for Griffin, from Sarah on down to Willow. (If past is prologue, I suppose it is only a matter of time until Griffin goes after the youngest Palin daughter, Piper. But I reckon time will tell if that is to be the case or not).
Now, I should state, right upfront, that until a couple of years ago, I was a regular viewer of Griffin’s show on Bravo, and went to see her perform live. I think that was what finally pushed me over the edge to stop watching her for a number of reasons, including her using Levi Johnston to demonize Bristol Palin.
You remember Levi – the father of Bristol’s son, Tripp. Johnston is not exactly “Father of the Year” material, but that hasn’t stopped Griffin from milking his relationship to a Palin for all it was worth, and then some. She even appeared with Johnston at the Teen Choice Awards back in 2009. Yeah, go figure. That was not the last time, though. She even had him on one of her “My Life On The D List” episodes when she went ice fishing with him. Oh, and Griffin claimed that Johnston broke her “stinkin’ heart” when Levi and Bristol announced their (short-lived) engagement.
Anyway, recently, Kathy Griffin went after all of the Palins, especially Palin’s teenage daughter, Willow, in a “comedy” special aired by Bravo. In her show, Griffin referred to Willow, who is all of 17 years old, as a “dirty whore,” and a “future porn star.”
This is not the first time Griffin has made Willow a target though, not by a long shot. Back in early 2011, Griffin announced her intention to attack Willow:
“I’ve already gone for Sarah, Todd and Bristol obviously,” Griffin told The Hollywood Reporter. “But I think it’s Willow’s year to go down. In 2011, I want to offend a new Palin.” [...]
Just in case you are keeping score, one of the things Griffin said about Bristol Palin was that she was “fat.” That didn’t go over too well with the audience to whom she made the remark:
On a special that aired Dec. 5, Kathy Griffin was jeered by the audience after attacking Bristol Palin for being “fat” while hosting the VH1 Divas “Salute to the Troops.” Griffin called the 20-year-old “the white Precious,” referring to Gabourey Sidibe’s role as an obese and abused teen mother in the 2009 Lee Daniels drama.[...]
Holy smokes. That is quite a statement to make. No wonder Griffin was jeered by the crowd.
As for the pronouncement by Griffin in 2011 that she intended to go after Willow, the following response sums it up well:
Hollywood publicist Angie Meyer says Griffin’s targeting of Willow, a minor, is even worse.
“To attack a young girl solely because of her last name seems rather contradictory of the types of justice she champions for others,” Meyer said. “A 50-year-old woman who chooses to attack a 16-year-old girl publicly at a time when cyber-bullying and teenage suicide are at their highest reported rates, not only sets irreconcilable example for others, it’s tasteless, immoral, and frankly – classless.” [...]
I would have to agree that it is tasteless and more, for all the reasons Meyer mentioned.
That Ms. Griffin so gleefully delights in attacking a young teenager is disturbing on a number of levels, particularly the virulence with which she goes after Willow. And then there are the incredibly derogatory names she attributes to this young woman. “Porn Star”? “Dirty whore”?? Good grief.
It is also disturbing that Bravo TV continues to give Griffin a platform to attack this (any) young woman, and that her audiences continue to laugh at such sexist, and sexually charged, attacks.
It is bad enough that Governor Palin has been subjected to sexist and misogynistic attacks from other women (who could ever forget Sandra Bernhard’s incredibly misogynistic, and racist, comment about what should befall Gov. Palin if she dared come to New York?). But when teenage girls are attacked by performers with national platforms, as well as television access, that is just beyond the pale.
Women need to stop characterizing other women, teenagers included, in such hateful ways, no matter the alleged justification for doing so, from political differences on. And those who do engage in such demonizing behavior should be held to account, not given another show to highlight their misogyny.
This is bullying, plain and simple. Griffin has attacked the Palin girls relentlessly, and always with a ready excuse as to why she should be able to do so. Ironically, her attack on Willow is based on what Griffin perceives as intolerance on Willow’s part. But bullying is bullying regardless, and there is little doubt that is what Griffin is doing to Willow.
At least that is what I think. How about you?