Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Kathy Griffin won an Emmy for her show “My Life on the D List” and in her acceptance speech said:

"A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus." She went on to hold up her Emmy, make an off-color remark about Christ and proclaim, "This award is my god now!"
The “off-color” remark was “Jesus can suck it!”
True to Ms Griffin’s form.
Naturally, the Catholic Church has shaken itself awake and bellowed for someone to notice it again and they’ve pointed a melodramatic accusatory finger at Griffin which ultimately is what she wanted anyway. It’s sort of what any interesting, extrovert atheist wants. The Catholic Church has demanded that E! censor her from its broadcast of the Emmys and they’ve alarmingly complied. No doubt the flyover states would be offended so E! caved to commercial pressures.
Interestingly enough, the AP did the same basic thing when they neglected to quote her directly. Of course, the whole thing is meaningless anyway because now that she’s officially to be banned, everyone is seeking to report what she said. This is exactly the same thing as MTV’s choice to hire Britney. Except with much more talent.
The Catholic League writes:
"The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences reacted responsibly to our criticism of Kathy Griffin’s verbal assault on 85 percent of the U.S. population. The ball is now in Griffin’s court. The self-described ‘complete militant atheist’ needs to make a swift and unequivocal apology to Christians. If she does, she will get this issue behind her. If she does not, she will be remembered as a foul-mouthed bigot for the rest of her life."
Have they not ever seen Kathy Griffin’s show? This is everything she’s ever wanted. This is just as stupid as the outrage against the Scandinavian cartoonist who drew pictures of Mohammed.
Kathy Griffin AND the Catholic Church have ultimately won out here though. Kathy Griffin gets to be banned which is a great status attainment and the Catholic Church gets to be offended which they love. Plus, let’s not forget the pursed lipped suburban mothers who sit around in the offices of the Catholic church as petty administrators figuring out what things to complain about; they get important tasks to complete. E! looks pathetic but then they will continue to get paid advertising revenue without alienating their core demographic.
Any money Kathy Griffin sent the Church a muffin basket.
Everyone wins when it comes to religious outrage. Excellent work Kathy Griffin. [source]

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