There are plenty of reasons to not like Kathy Griffin.
The controversial D-list comedian originally gained the ire of millions after a failed stunt in May 2017 involving a fake severed head modeled in the image of President Donald Trump.
The internet exploded, and Griffin quickly became the focus of the nation.
Seemingly trying to grab the spotlight as hard as she could and not let go, what followed was an anti-conservative shtick that currently defines the acts and appearances that Griffin is calling a career.
As a Variety interview with Griffin published this week puts it:
“By any measure, Kathy Griffin’s comedy tour last year was a big hit… The redemptive set was called, appropriately enough, ‘Laugh Your Head Off.’ It raked in $4.4 million, and it earned her a rave review from The New York Times.
“But when Griffin returned to her Bel Air home last October, she quickly realized that Hollywood wasn’t ready to forgive her. Even despite her touring success, every executive in town regarded her as an unemployable comic who’d crossed the line.”
Now, Griffin has gone off the deep end. After over a year of mainstream media coverage (yes, it’s been almost two years since her infamous beheading photo), she finally thinks she knows why Trump supporters don’t like her.
“I’m a successful stand-up comedian, which flies in the face of everything Trump and his folks believe,” Griffin said in the Variety interview, plugging a new, self-financed concert movie called “Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story.”
“And I think my impression is they’re just offended by the audacity that I want to continue to work and be successful and I’m a self-made woman.”
Well, technically she’s right. The misfortune that befell her was a disaster of her own making.
From the heights of stardom (for Griffin this meant a New Year’s Eve gig for CNN and a spot on a Squatty Potty commercial) to the pits of her current career troubles, it’s all her own doing.
Holding a bloody imitation of the president like Perseus presenting the head of Medusa is one thing, but that’s not the only line Griffin has crossed. As recently as January, she infamously engaged in some targeted harassment of schoolkids.
After the media erupted in a firestorm falsely accusing young men from Covington Catholic High School of taunting a Native American elder, Griffin quickly assumed their guilt and demanded the personal information of the boys be sent to her.
WARNING: The image below is linked to the original Griffin with the profanity written in full.
To go from attacking the most powerful man in the world to attempting to dox a bunch of teenage boys is a major leap, and shows Griffin is seemingly unfamiliar with the golden rule of comedy: Never punch down.
Griffin blames her current status as “an unemployable” not on her many controversial stunts, but on her age and sex not being compatible with an obstinate and old-fashioned Hollywood.
And there appears to be something that stings even more than the possibility of never receiving a paycheck again.
When asked how she felt about fellow New Year’s Eve host Anderson Cooper distancing himself from her so quickly, Griffin opened up.
“I was devastated,” she told Variety. “It still hurts. I mean, I really loved him. I don’t have a punchline for that one.”
Something tells me there’s not too many people grieving for poor Kathy Griffin.