Trumpocalypse: Kathy Griffin and the Trump Head debacle

The Kathy Griffin “Trump Head” debacle would seem to be a textbook example of everything that’s gone wrong—in the brains and hearts of American progressives—since November.

Can anyone imagine the absolute furor which would have descended if a significant conservative celebrity (cough, I know they still exist, right?) did a photo shoot featuring a bloody effigy of Obama’s head—or Hillary Clinton’s head—dangling by the hair?

I keep hoping there will be a collective Progressive paradigm shift. When the delusions and the hatred finally disperse, and Progressives see themselves in the mirror—realizing they’ve become exactly the sorts of hateful, vindictive, violent, abusive, bullying, unhinged cretins they claim to be “resisting” during the Trump era.

And, no, Captain Caring, just because you say you’re “compassionate” and “empathetic” toward a sour-Skittles bowl filled with politically-correct Special Victim Identities, this does not give you a free pass to go full-out rage-hatey bugnuts against the rest of America.

Try looking in the OTHER bowl, filled with boring old M&Ms—the Deplorables bowl. People who deserve your consideration every bit as much as the sour-Skittles SVIs, precisely *because* Les Deplorables are so different from you. They live differently. Talk differently. Have different values. With different ideals. THEY are the ones you should be reaching out to. THEY represent actual diversity in your life.

“But I don’t have to tolerate intolerance!” you’re already screaming through your computer screen.

Ah, see, that’s the trick, isn’t it? Anyone can be labeled “intolerant” for any reason. The word has been so thoroughly trashed in our modern discourse, it’s stripped utterly of meaning. It’s now a label you can slap onto anyone or anything you don’t like. Evidence of wrongdoing not required. You’re just pinning a KICK ME sign onto the waistbands of the people you think suck.

This is not the liberalism the Founders had in mind, when they set out to create a unique nation. A country which enshrined Enlightenment truths and values at the altar of a new American existence.

Innocence, before guilt.

Opportunity, before obligation.

A rational, orderly debate of ideas.

The calm, clean exchange of power.

“But conservatives started it!” you shout, slamming your hands onto the arms of your chair. Because in your heart you know conservatives are always at fault for everything.

Again, no, there’s no license for you. Not this time. Nobody “made” you like this. You did it on your own. You. You’ve had seven months to deal with what happened in November. It’s time to stop hiding behind excuses. You’re ugly. You’re the monster you think you’re not. Stop pretending otherwise.

And no, that doesn’t mean you have to like the President.

I’ve said it before—Trump doesn’t thrill me either. But the apoplexy (on your part) simply must stop. Get a grip, please. We’re stuck with the guy for at least four years. If you don’t want Trump in office for a second term, DEMAND that the Democrats find a candidate who won’t gleefully take a steaming rhetorical shit on half the country; because she’s convinced she doesn’t need us.

That’s not the “liberal” Democratic Party which ushered Kennedy into office, is it? What happened to, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country?”

One almost suspects that Jack would get shouted off the DNC convention stage, by a horde of face-pierced, wild-haired Social Justice Zealots—telling him he’s made them unsafe. Because of toxic masculinity or some other bullshit like that.

The Progressive house is an utter shambles. No discipline. No coherency. Only Progressives can clean it up. Nobody else can do it. We’ve been walled out. Half the reason you’re so pissed off, is because you thought we were permanently evicted from the dinner table. No more need to pass the potatoes.

So fly-over country used the one voice it had left—the voice which the Founders intended to be louder and more powerful than any other.

Fly-over country voted.

And you didn’t like the result.

Because you didn’t think you could lose.

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28 thoughts on “Trumpocalypse: Kathy Griffin and the Trump Head debacle

  1. It’s been said elsewhere, but it’s still a great example of this exact thing: the rodeo clown with the Obama mask. Many people who complained about that are thinking this is okay. Thankfully quite a few on the left have also castigated Griffin for this move.

  2. I can take a joke as well as the next guy, but just tell me where, exactly in that grotesque imagery is the joke?.

    Not in her dead eyed face that’s for sure.

    I mean, punt the head, use it as an ashtray, have the thing tell knock knock jokes, something!

    If you’re going to say ‘oh its just a joke’, well then there actually has to BE A JOKE somewhere in there!

  3. When I google ‘Obama effigy’ I get page upon page of the most horrific images. That doesn’t excuse Kathy Griffin, but she was fired a day after her stunt. Has anything happened to any of the people who hung and burned Obama’s effigy?

  4. Yes, actually. The clown I mentioned was fired for simply wearing an Obama mask during a rodeo ( and I believe he had worn Bush masks as well ).

    However, this isn’t a matter of persecuting someone solely for their beliefs, and no one is saying Griffin doesn’t have the right to do this ( at least I don’t think this falls into the illegal category of threatening a president ). There’s a slight matter of scale here. Joe Blow likely doesn’t lose his job as a programmer because he and a couple dozen others demonstrated against Obama ( or Bush as was often the case too ). Because Joe isn’t seen as a public face for the XYZ Company and because the demonstration likely doesn’t elicit news coverage beyond the city paper.

    Griffin is a (inter)nationally recognizable person with millions of followers on social media. Her broadcasting this had reach orders of magnitude higher than Joe. CNN is simply saying we don’t want to be represented by someone posting fake beheading photos. It’s no different from a professional athlete that loses sponsors after they get a DUI or domestic abuse altercation.

  5. Yes, but this is typical of the ‘edgy’ statements Griffin makes when she wants to prove she is ‘still relevant’

  6. They will never change, expecting them too is like expecting the leopard to change its spots, or the scorpion not to sting you. They have ALWAYS been this way. Always. Now that they have the power to destroy people, they have grown drunk on their ability to use it.

    Think of all the people who lost their jobs and their careers for making fun of Obama. Like the Rodeo clown. Think of all the people who were actually arrested for things far far less than what Griffin did. And none of those people were national celebrities who get the spotlight automatically when they do these things.

    The people who keep saying ‘well they did this to Obama’ are FULL OF IT. No they didn’t do this to Obama. Never. It was a career ender if you were anyone of note, and for the isolated cases by complete nobodies who did it, they got in trouble, lots of trouble. Maybe not always from the Secret Service or the Police, but definitely by the crowds of Obama supporters who never hesitated to break the law.

  7. One wonders what happened to, “Oh the President is our dad and our boss, so we have to obey him!” and, “Hating the President and wanting him to fail is treason!!” and so forth. I guess now that the President is no longer a Minority Soros puppet things are “DIIIFFFEEERRREEENNNT(tm)” and such…

  8. I thought the Obama stuff was pretty tasteless too, for the most part, but I’d be a lot more understanding if Griffin had been funny, or at least clever about her stunt. I still can’t see what the joke is.

    She should bve careful, we all know those Bernie supporters are violent and can’t tell fantasy from reality – that was a joke.

    I would think the left would pillory her at least for culturally

  9. bowneps on June 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm said:
    When I google ‘Obama effigy’ I get page upon page of the most horrific images.

    When I google that phrase, only one or two pictures from the USA come up. Obama was never subjected to widespread use of hanging effigies, pinatas, or much of anything else that was/is common for leftists to do for Bush and Trump at their protests. And Obama was never subjected to behavior like this by people in power.

    If the behavior is wrong, can it be wrong when it is directed at anyone or just some people?

    It is just really strange seeing Democrats trying to play the victim here and getting the how dare yous after engaging in a coast to coast campaign of violence the past year and being less than civil this entire century.

  10. “Has anything happened to any of the people who hung and burned Obama’s effigy?”

    Well, for something to “happen”, they would have to show that the effigy was actually real and not a hoax. Based on the number of hoaxes we’ve seen exposed just in the past year, that hasn’t worked out. But of course the images are still out there for you to point to and claim this happened for realz.

    Kathy’s major misfortune is that she got caught on camera actually showing whole minutes of this, and her face is well enough known that she couldn’t claim mistaken identity.

  11. The elephant in this room is the God Vacuum. We can talk about how special the Founding Fathers sought to make the United States, but that is impossible when the reason it is special is omitted. The colonies were all founded by people who broadly speaking, based their cultures on values they got from their Christian faiths. And yes, they were not perfect Christians, but who is?

    Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary said, “[T]he Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.”

    Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Declaration of Independence “[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

    John Adams in a speech to the military in 1798 warned his fellow countrymen stating, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams is a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and our second President.

    On that last quote, Progressives only have “social justice” as a standard of virtue. As we can see, that standard is no standard at all. What is important or forbidden on one day, will be unimportant or mandatory a few days later.

    Worse, as Dostoevsky really did write in The Brothers Karamazov, “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.” And Kathy Griffin’s stunt with the bloody head is proof of that. How close are we to a society that trumpets its assassination chic from a society where people who cheer this decide to really do the deed. That is exactly #HowWeGotStalin.

  12. “When I google ‘Obama effigy’ I get page upon page of the most horrific images.”

    Yes, well, google ‘democrats they take low road we take high road’ and laugh at the sanctimonious, hypocritical posturing and ask yourself why they are now debasing themselves and their party in the exact same way.

    “Vote Democrat, we’re just as sucky as the other side” isn’t the compelling message you think it is.

  13. “One almost suspects that Jack would get shouted off the DNC convention stage…” “Almost suspects”? Nay, I say, nay. In the word of Justin Wilson, the Cajun comic, it’s “Gaw-ron-teed!”

  14. Buck, I am forced to agree with you, and could only add Solzhenitsyn:

    “Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’ Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.'”

  15. “When I google ‘Obama effigy’ I get page upon page of the most horrific images.”

    Funny, when I use Bing I get images of Obama (and Bush) burning in effigy…. but it doesn’t look like many were from the USA. More than a few look like they came from the Middle East.

    I guess you were too busy looking for “they do it tooooooo….” images to excuse the behavior of either yourself or people you like.

  16. It’s really interesting, and should have been expected, that we see different things when we do image searches. Folks’ comments made m repeat the search and look more closely at the sources. My search retrieved some images from the middle east, one from India, and several of Pastor Terry Jones. Then there was one from a person in Dale Co., Alabama, who put up an effigy with a poster that said ‘pray 4 assassin,’ and a veteran in Boone County who hung Obama as his hallowe’en display. I also found images of and references to his being hanged in several other states. But most of the images involving burning were indeed from other countries doing anti-american protests.

    I don’t know whether the widespread nature of this should make me more appalled by it or less appalled. But either way, as someone pointed out, we should feel the same way about it when it happens to Trump as when it happens to Obama.

  17. And now Griffin is complaining that *she’s* been bullied?

    Let me get my nano-violin.

  18. “I keep hoping there will be a collective Progressive paradigm shift. When the delusions and the hatred finally disperse, and Progressives see themselves in the mirror—realizing they’ve become exactly the sorts of hateful, vindictive, violent, abusive, bullying, unhinged cretins they claim to be “resisting” during the Trump era.”

    Excuse me, but why do you keep hoping that? After 100 million dead, and 50 million aborted babies, you’re still hoping for that? You are as insane as they are. Face facts: they are every bit as hateful as they appear to be. They are the enemy of everything that is good. Act accordingly.

  19. How many of those Obama or Bush effigies were created by someone with major media contacts? Joe Rando putting up a sign in his yard doesn’t have quite the impact or widespread dissemination as someone booking a professional photographer and appearing on mainstream TV networks.

  20. kamas716 Just give us time! Every year the internet and the 24/7 news cycle spread more local news faster to more people who decide to make a thing of it. But yeah, the idea that somebody thought it was suitable fodder for TV comedy is a step further than somebody thinking it’s OK to display in their front yard. I think it’s the same impulse, though.
    Personally, I would like less political entertainment on both sides. It really steams me when half of the news articles I see on my feed are about how one entertainer or another ‘trashed’ or ‘destroyed’ one politician or another. Who cares what some jokester says? It’ll all be twisted to serve the punch line, so why waste your time on it? Yet I have friends who get their news from the DAily Show or Rush Limbaugh, and consider themselves informed as a result. It hasn’t done the country any good so far as I can tell.

  21. Re: Obama “jokes”.

    I seem to recall at least one “hate crime” using Obama’s effigy that proved, on investigation, to be a hoax perpetrated by a Liberal/Progressive/Democrat Jackass.

    That said, the problem with this isn’t that it disrespects The President. Disrespecting The President is every American’s right. The problem is that is is vulgar, tiresome, and stupid.

    Much like a great deal of the Progressive Left, especially those that congratulate themslves on being ‘edgy’.

  22. Griffin’s mistake was in not realizing she’s still basically a D list celebrity. That means she is in no position to get anyone an acting job or push anyone’s project out of development hell. In other words, she’s expendable. So when the feces hit the ventilator unit, she was thrown under the bus.

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