In case you’ve been living under a rock, Kathy Griffin has recently been under fire for posting a picture where she was holding up a bloodied mock severed head of President Trump. The below picture is clearly over the line, and she certainly deserved criticism for it. However, comedians always must take risks and step over the line. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. After the backlash, Kathy quickly removed the picture and issued an apology, which by all appearances, seemed sincere. However, you can judge for yourself in a quote attached below the picture.
A quote from the apology video that Kathy posted on social media:
“I sincerely apologize. I’m just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic, I cross the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went way too far,” she said. “The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career; I will continue. I ask your forgiveness.”
The president was quick to jump on the criticism bandwagon:
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
This is where the story begins to take another turn. Clearly she has a right to express herself, and clearly everyone else has the right to criticize that expression. However, the Secret Service has now launched an investigation into her photoshoot to “determine if anything unlawful took place.” Griffin’s picture was certainly over the line, but anything further than criticism of it is over the line. Given the president’s attacks on comedians and the free press so far, an actual investigation taking place is slightly disturbing.
On top of all of this, Griffin has also received numerous detailed threats against her life. This is one clear indication that there is a segment of society that is determined to march backward in time, back to the golden days of mobs and lynchings. Is this what we want? If it isn’t, then it is up to the average person to stand up for basic human decency, something that is sadly being lost in today’s tumultuous political climate.