As Kathy Griffin has discovered, trying to make it as a comedian is hard when you’re not funny. The shortest path to relevance: tackle the news to score some easy political points!
Griffin performed a stand-up routine in downtown Los Angeles Sunday night in an effort to breathe some much-needed life into her flailing career, as reported by Hollywood Reporter.
The 56-year old entertainer was fired from her hosting gig on CNN’s yearly New Year’s Eve program after posing with a fake, bloodied Donald Trump head.
Now she’s taking aim not only at Trump, but other notable personalities like television host Billy Bush and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein–who was just fired from his own company over sexual harassment allegations.
Griffin opened her performance by walking out on stage with two middle fingers high in the air–all while wearing a Donald Trump mask. After a moment, she removed the mask and emphatically threw it onto the floor.
A big F-you from Kathy Griffin. Comic returns to the stage wearing full Donald Trump head mask, middle fingers, then fist, in the air.🖕🏻🖕🏻✊🏻 pic.twitter.com/wp4UWworv0
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) October 9, 2017
Interestingly, Griffin’s attire Sunday night was very similar to the outfit she wore in her infamous ISIS-style photo shoot–a gesture that was likely intentional.
So some kid makes a meme of trump punching CNN and that's inciting violence but Kathy griffin holding up trumps severed head isn't 🤔 pic.twitter.com/mMtmgcbYQH
— Jake Broadhurst (@j_broadhurst15) July 8, 2017
The audience–a crowd gathered to support Aid for AIDS’ annual Best in Drag show–was thrilled by Griffin’s politically-charged opener.
It seems the former CNN employee couldn’t pass up on an opportunity to seek sympathy for her self-inflicted woes. Griffin described the backlash she experienced after the gory photo shoot, saying that even her own mother turned against her.
“I’m going to spill the f*cking tea,” Griffin said. “I was part of an international scandal, under federal investigation for two months, my sister died, my dog died and my mother turned on me. My mother took [Fox News host] Sean Hannity’s side. She was a little drunk.” The long-time stand-up performer went on to describe death threats she received during the height of the outrage.
Griffin also claimed to have been contacted by Billy Bush, the former Access Hollywood anchor who was let go after the release of a tape in which he and President Trump were heard making lewd comments about women. The audio recording was the center of major controversy during the 2016 presidential election.
“Would you like to hear my consolation note from none other than Billy F*cking Bush?” Griffin asked the audience. “Dear Kathy, I will skip my analysis of the moment and go to what matters, like he did on that bus. I watched that tape again yesterday. Trump’s all, ‘grab ’em by the pussy,’ and Billy goes, ‘Whatever you want.’
“And then he (writes), ‘What’s happening here is that there’s no time for debate. Action goes straight into consequence,’ and then he goes in parentheses, ‘Even an off-the-cuff conversation 12 years ago.’… Billy Bush is trying to be nice; I get it. I don’t want to be in your club.”
The liberal entertainer and self-professed political martyr even took aim at CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, with whom she co-hosted the network’s New Year’s Eve program and who publicly censured her decapitated Trump photo.
Griffin narrated a letter one of her fans allegedly wrote to Cooper:
“Dear Anderson, from one homo to another, you’re a fickle faggot. Really? Not supporting and backing Kathy Griffin after she had your back for years. Even to talk about your c*ck-sucking in her comedy back when you were still a closeted queen. And another thing, Anderson: Homo rule 101, you always back your fag hag.”
Griffin then went on a safer route and directed her criticism at Harvey Weinstein, who has been repudiated by both left and right following allegations that he’s been sexually harassing women for years.
“The Weinstein thing is just fucking unbelievable but I’m not afraid to say anything because I don’t appear in movies ever and no one will ever put me in one,” Griffin said. “That guy seems to be what’s called a rapist. I’m using it as a broad term. There’s a lot of them and they are everywhere. So it’s time we started to fucking look out for each other because this shit has been going on for way too long.”
Griffin’s comments about Weinstein may win over some people, but conservatives aren’t likely to buy the attempt to sweep her scandalous past under the rug.