Monday, September 24, 2007

Kathy Griffin's God

Pastoral Ponderings quotes the theological musings of Kathy Griffin.

"I guess hell froze over. A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this. He had nothing to do with this. ... Suck it, Jesus! This award is my god now." Kathy Griffin - at the 59th annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards

In a limited way, Kathy Griffin had a point. Even Calvinists will state that human beings have some measure of free will to engage in actions such as catching a football, giving a political speech, and performing in a comedy club. I do not believes that God fixes sports events, rigs political elections, or breaks into accounting offices to skew the Emmy Awards. While I, in a similar situation, might be moved to thank Jesus for the blessings that He has given to me, I would not presume to thank Jesus for giving an award to me - or, more importantly, denying the award to the losers.

However, Griffin did cross the line when she said, "Suck it, Jesus! This award is my god now."

Or did she?

Griffin insisted her statements were meant as a joke, adding, "Am I the only Catholic left with a sense of humor?"

This touches upon a question that I've touched upon before, and was reiterated in the comments of the article above.

The public sides with touchy African-Americans when they are offended; they side with touchy Hispanics when they are offended; they side with touchy Gays and Lesbians when they are offended; they side with touchy illegal immigrants when they are offended; they side with touchy Muslims when they are offended, but when touchy Christians are offended they are the ones who need to get a life.

But let's take a step back and assume that no humor is off-limits, and that Kathy Griffin can say anything that she wants. The corollary, of course, is that people can say anything about Kathy Griffin that they want. I'd be willing to bet that Griffin would appreciate the following jokes:

What is funnier than a dead Kathy Griffin?
A dead Kathy Griffin in a clown costume.

What is the difference between Kathy Griffin and a onion?
No one cries when you chop up Kathy Griffin.

What is the difference between a dead Kathy Griffin and a water melon?
One's fun to hit with a sledge hammer, the other one's a water melon.

Pretty funny, aren't they? Perhaps Griffin would have told these jokes at this event:

More than 50 female comedians participated in the inaugural Marshalls Women in Comedy Festival in New York City from November 11-15, 1998. Comedians, such as Kathy Griffin and Rita Rudner, performed in theaters and clubs across the city, highlighting the role of women in comedy and informing audiences about the prevalence of domestic violence. Proceeds from the festival went to several domestic violence organizations, including The Center for Children and Families and Victim Services.

The moral of the story is that everyone has their sensitive spot, and if you don't care about hitting someone's sensitive spot, don't cry foul when they hit yours.

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