The Kathy Griffin Kerfuffle in Context

It amazes The Curmudgeon that anyone is surprised about Kathy Griffin’s recent step across what at least some people believe is the line between humor and bad taste.  Griffin has spent her entire career doing almost nothing but belittling people, so it was only a matter of time before she went too far.

On the other hand…

…if The Curmudgeon was a Kathy Griffin fan, which he is not, he wouldn’t be at all deterred from going to see her.

If he ran a television network or club at which comics appeared, he wouldn’t fire her based solely on what she said and did.  Instead, he’d wait and let the market tell him what to do.

Ratings down?  Advertisers fleeing?  Getting rid of her would be a sound business decision.

Can’t sell tickets?  Another business decision.

But what if the ratings stay solid, the advertisers stay put, and the tickets sell?  Then that’s a business decision, too.

We can’t continue this nonsense of attempting to cast aside forever anyone whose sole weapon is words every time such people say something that some of us find offensive or obnoxious.

Not Kathy Griffin.

Not Bill Maher, who lost his ABC television show over remarks about terrorists and is in trouble again.

Not Don Imus, who made racist remarks on his radio program.

Not Rick Sanchez, who said nasty things about Jon Stewart and Jews.

Not Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder.

Not Curt Schilling, who made ridiculous remarks about transgender people in bathrooms.

Not Scarlett Fakhar, a Houston television reporter who was fired when she expressed support for Donald Trump last year on her Facebook page.

Not CNN’s Reza Aslan, fired last week for a foolish comment about the president.

Not Paula Deen, fired by the Food Network for racist comments she made many years ago.

People make mistakes.  Hard though it may be to believe, even The Curmudgeon goes too far once in a while.  The idea that one strike and you’re out is becoming increasingly common and increasingly accepted and that’s not good.  We talk a lot about diversity these days and The Curmudgeon thinks that’s a good thing, but diversity of thought, including diversity of obnoxious thought, appears not to be part of that conversation.

It should be.


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