Kathy Griffin on Jesusgate: I planned the whole thing

posted at 9:21 am on September 19, 2007 by Allahpundit

She threw out a line and reeled America in. Like she says, the joke obviously wasn’t on religion as much as on celebrities, many of them badly behaved, whose overweening solipsism leads them to believe that God cares who wins best comedy at the Cable ACE Awards.

Or maybe he does. You guys are the experts, not me.

Update: If God’s mad at Kathy, he’s doing a pretty good job of hiding it right now.


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If a person acts like a slut and talks like a slut then the chances are pretty good she is a slut.

volsense on September 19, 2007 at 9:24 AM

I think on the scale of things to get offended about, Kathy Griffin’s celeb piss take ranks several hundred points down the scale from, say, crazy jihadis wanting to decapitate cartoonists for their depicitions of Mohammed.

Mindcrime on September 19, 2007 at 9:31 AM

Don’t make me listen to Kathy Griffin, bro!

saint kansas on September 19, 2007 at 9:31 AM

Of course what Kathy doesn’t understand is that when people thank God at a time like that, they aren’t saying they believe God wanted them to win the award (or game or whatever) and not their opponent(s). What people are thanking God for is the blessings of talent, opportunity, supportful family and friends, life itself, etc.

12thman on September 19, 2007 at 9:34 AM

I think on the scale of things to get offended about, Kathy Griffin’s celeb piss take ranks several hundred points down the scale from, say, crazy jihadis wanting to decapitate cartoonists for their depicitions of Mohammed.

I agree. Bad comedian–bad joke. Only she got it!

Tennessee Dave on September 19, 2007 at 9:34 AM

Who cares. What is this TMZ. How’s britt doing with the kids?

sunny on September 19, 2007 at 9:34 AM

She should ask Jesus to make her funny. Miracles do happen.

Guardian on September 19, 2007 at 9:37 AM

By the way if the joke so “obviously wasn’t on religion as much as on celebrities, many of them badly behaved, whose overweening solipsism,” how does one explain Kathy’s solipsism or the “suck it” part of her tantrum?

12thman on September 19, 2007 at 9:39 AM

Of course, 12thman, she should not be thanking God for her talent becuase she has none.

bbz123 on September 19, 2007 at 9:39 AM

Don’t make me listen to Kathy Griffin, bro!

Gonna be laughing all day over that one. Go saint kansas!

inviolet on September 19, 2007 at 9:40 AM

Who cares. What is this TMZ. How’s britt doing with the kids?

sunny on September 19, 2007 at 9:34 AM

First off, a-lot of us do perm the 600+ comment thread the last time this came up.

Secondly, did you listen to the interview clip? If you don’t believe attitudes like Kathy’s have nothing to do with the sharp divide in this nation you’re sadly mistaken.

12thman on September 19, 2007 at 9:42 AM

What people are thanking God for is the blessings of talent, opportunity, supportful family and friends, life itself, etc.

12thman on September 19, 2007 at 9:34 AM

Exactly. I can see why Kathy is happy about the publicity from her point of view. Her plan is working beyond her own expectations, I imagine. What’s so disturbing to me is:

1) Kathy apparently doesn’t fear God and that makes me afraid for her.

2) Would “society” have put up with a comment like this to the degree it does now 10 years ago? 20? 30? Makes me sad for our culture.

Praying for both one and two. Also praying for our kids regarding two.

Ordinary1 on September 19, 2007 at 9:45 AM

Kathy should apply as a taser test dummy! She is certainly smart enough and I know I’d enjoy watching her do the crappie flop on the floor as the manufacturer tests various makes, models and voltage/amp efficiencies…

sabbott on September 19, 2007 at 9:51 AM

God doesn’t care about award shows.

However, I have it on good authority that He hates the Chicago Cubs.

Enrique on September 19, 2007 at 9:56 AM

Like she says, the joke obviously wasn’t on religion as much as on celebrities

Sorry AP but I don’t see how the joke was obviously on celebs. It’s nice spin after-the-fact but doesn’t synch with the fact that she is telling Christ to suck it.

This “joke” was not an obvious spoof. It wasn’t so over-the-top to become clear that it was a joke. The morons who find her funny may have gotten it but they probably find entertainment in watching the OJ Simpson coverage.

highhopes on September 19, 2007 at 10:02 AM

Is she even a D-list celebrity? She’s just happy that saying inanities like “Suck it, Jesus” got her invited on CNN–their green room has those chocolate doughnuts with the sprinkles she likes. Me, i’m more of a celery and peanut butter kind of guy, and that’s where me and the Griff gotta part ways.

jaychandra on September 19, 2007 at 10:02 AM

Anyone who’s ever watched Kathy Griffin knows that if she got an opportunity to hold that statue up she was going to pull something that raised people’s hackles…She’s got that cattle-prod nature that is going to, every once (or twice, or three times) in a while, go over the line. Personally, I’m not too crazy about the crack she made, but you can’t fault her on the point she’s making…Poking celebrities right in their big, fat egos is the shtick she works, and the faux sincerity of acceptance speeches praising God while some of the ones making them aren’t walking the walk in their regular lives is well worth a good solid prod.

52Ranger on September 19, 2007 at 10:06 AM

Ummm…I know I’m not generally up on all the most important pop culture, but who the heck is Kathy Griffin?

Bob's Kid on September 19, 2007 at 10:11 AM

Kathy Griffin , ok I need to ask before I google it. Who is she? I’m serious.

shooter on September 19, 2007 at 10:11 AM

And why do we care about something supremely stupid that she said?

This girl doesn’t get it.

Bob's Kid on September 19, 2007 at 10:14 AM

Oh no, the weekly AP Jesus bash, early this week ?? Or double header this week ??
Leave Kathy alone!!!

redrock on September 19, 2007 at 10:14 AM

Of course what Kathy doesn’t understand is that when people thank God at a time like that, they aren’t saying they believe God wanted them to win the award (or game or whatever) and not their opponent(s). What people are thanking God for is the blessings of talent, opportunity, supportful family and friends, life itself, etc.

12thman

I wholeheartedly disagree with this sentiment. There are some who are genuinely thankful for the talent and support (which is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish)there are whole bunch of others who are thankful for the celebrity, money and awards. One sentiment is ‘Christian’, the other is completely insane.

I’ve always hated the notion that because someone prays harder, they get to win the big game or take home a slab of painted lead. God, apparently (depending on who you talk to) does not overtly interfere in human affairs so why would he use his magic powers to interfere with a voting process or make sure one guy on the other team came up a foot short of the score?

Krydor on September 19, 2007 at 10:25 AM

Hateful b***h.

madmonkphotog on September 19, 2007 at 10:26 AM

Yesterday I turned FoxNews on three times. The first two, it was wall to wall coverage of OJ. The third, it was Brittney and her kids. I don’t think I can handle Kathy too.

nailinmyeye on September 19, 2007 at 10:27 AM

Ummm…I know I’m not generally up on all the most important pop poop culture, but who the heck is Kathy Griffin?

Fixed your typo bro!

highhopes on September 19, 2007 at 10:30 AM

Update: If God’s mad at Kathy, he’s doing a pretty good job of hiding it right now.

Are you looking at the same picture I am?

Look, Allah, very few people cared about what Griffin said when we posted about it the other day. The only reason the thread got so long is because it again because a debate between Christians an atheists.

Esthier on September 19, 2007 at 10:35 AM

I’m a Christian, and I’m not offended. Actually, I thought it was kinda funny. God does not need me to be offended on his behalf.

Big S on September 19, 2007 at 10:35 AM

I thought it wasa funny joke, but not as funny as Mohammed’s head on a pig.

JayHaw Phrenzie on September 19, 2007 at 10:36 AM

Who is she?

morganfrost on September 19, 2007 at 10:38 AM

She should ask Jesus to make her funny. Miracles do happen.
Guardian on September 19, 2007 at 9:37 AM

EXACTLY!!!!! The D-List is much too high for her.

dbdiva on September 19, 2007 at 10:38 AM

I always got a chuckle out of Mike Tyson, or any other prizefighter who had just won their bout, when the proudly exclaim ….

“First I wanna thank God, I couldn’t have dun dis wid out him.”

Beating people to a pulp for money and glory. Thanks God, you’re my bestest pal.

“Oh, by the way, I’m probably going to rape someone soon. Could you wave your magic wand and throw a couple of hot chicks my way.”

Can you give me an Amen?

fogw on September 19, 2007 at 10:47 AM

I wholeheartedly disagree with this sentiment. There are some who are genuinely thankful for the talent and support …

Krydor on September 19, 2007 at 10:25 AM

I love how you “wholeheartedly disagree” with my sentiment and then start your statement by completely restating exactly what I said.

As for the second part of your post, yes some people will use God’s name in vain. But do you honestly believe a majority or even a signifcant minority of those who use “thank God” in their acceptance speeches thank Him for the “celebrity, money and awards”? (As Rosie would say, “Google it.”)

Besides, that joke in and of itself isn’t so bad and is even minorly humorous. It’s the “this is my god now” and “suck it” part that I find distasteful.

Look, this is America; she’s completely free to say stuff like this. But, as the old saying goes, just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should.

12thman on September 19, 2007 at 10:51 AM

Kathy Griffin is harmless. She said: too many celebs and athletes thank Jesus for the win, Like he has nothing better to do than to make sure the win an award or a game.
He’s probably a bit busy with real problems.

I suspect he probably is.

Texyank on September 19, 2007 at 10:52 AM

If a person acts like a slut and talks like a slut then the chances are pretty good she is a slut.

volsense on September 19, 2007 at 9:24 AM

Does she have to be able to get laid to be a slut? Cuz I’m thinking Kathy Griffin might have a hard time with that part.

thirteen28 on September 19, 2007 at 10:57 AM

She may think that Jesus had nothing to do with the award, but she sure is riding Jesus’ coattails into the headlines this week. And next week, she will be back where she was before, forgotten by 99.9% of Americans.

A joke may be a joke, Kathy, but blasphemy is still blasphemy. Have fun dealing with it while you bow down to your little tin god. [cue Don Henley]

Mallard T. Drake on September 19, 2007 at 11:01 AM

Remember that first episode about her act in Seinfeld?

Maybe Seinfeld was really serious when he told her she wasn’t funny.

Miss_Anthrope on September 19, 2007 at 11:07 AM

If God’s mad at Kathy, he’s doing a pretty good job of hiding it right now.

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There is a time and place for everything.

shooter on September 19, 2007 at 11:18 AM

Ah, Ye Olde “I meant to do that!” defense.

Never seen before!

Well, at least I haven’t seen it since pre-K (or the Daily Kotz, but I repeat myself).

Misha I on September 19, 2007 at 11:34 AM

Kathy left out the additional argument that the celebrities thanking Jesus for their awards is exactly the type of activity that Jesus condemned when he suggested praying in a closet. She seems smart enough to be aware of this issue, unlike the starlets who thank Jesus for an award and couldn’t tell you the names of the Four Gospels.

thuja on September 19, 2007 at 11:37 AM

12thman,

Okey-dokey. When someone gets up on stage and hold up an award and says “Thank you Jesus, for this award” they aren’t actually thanking Jesus for the award.

Top it off with the idea that the people winning these awards are, by and large, the poster children for the 7 deadly sins. Thank you Jesus, for giving me enough talent to ensure my wealth so than I may fund all my vices. This award is a justification that jumping about with scantily clad women in rock videos and doing all kinds of debauched things after the cameras aren’t rolling is good in your eyes.

Krydor on September 19, 2007 at 11:59 AM

Duh. Who would go to an awards ceremony, where they were nominated, without a planned acceptance speech? No one.

Tanya on September 19, 2007 at 12:05 PM

Duh. Who would go to an awards ceremony, where they were nominated, without a planned acceptance speech? No one.

Hey, shouldn’t you be in the View thread admitting to your shameful, shameful television-viewing habits?

Allahpundit on September 19, 2007 at 12:07 PM

Don’t make me listen to Kathy Griffin, bro!

saint kansas on September 19, 2007 at 9:31 AM

Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

(snort)

Well played.

(Giggle)

Professor Blather on September 19, 2007 at 12:27 PM

just another elite moron to boycott…that’s all she is…

areseaoh on September 19, 2007 at 12:28 PM

Yeah, I accidently ran into a lampost, bloodied my nose, turn around and say “I planned it, it didn’t hurt”.

right2bright on September 19, 2007 at 12:38 PM

Just one year after a bitter a divorce from husband Matt Moline, it looks like Kathy Griffin may be ready to walk down the aisle again. We spotted Griffin with boyfriend and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak at the Emmys, and the fiery comic was sporting what appeared to be an engagement ring.

Be sure to have an ironclad prenuptial agreement Steve.

Else the Griffin goes medieval on revenge of the nerds.

Kini on September 19, 2007 at 12:45 PM

Either she’s lying about ‘planning’ the whole thing – pathetic – or a professional comedian told a joke so lame it offended 80% of the country and nobody actually got the punchline – pathetic.

Which is more pathetic, I’m not sure. But if I were a comedian, I’d probably be most bothered if I carefully planned a joke and it bombed that badly.

Just sayin.’

Professor Blather on September 19, 2007 at 12:49 PM

Hateful b***h.

madmonkphotog on September 19, 2007 at 10:26 AM

And…

just another elite moron to boycott…that’s all she is…

areseaoh on September 19, 2007 at 12:28 PM

“Christian love” rears its ugly head again.

Loundry on September 19, 2007 at 12:58 PM

Update: If God’s mad at Kathy, he’s doing a pretty good job of hiding it right now.

I’m sure you don’t believe that God hates anybody, supreme one.
/.*.\ Somebody’s watching over you, you know.
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I’m sure you forgot to insert this famous quote of yours:
Someone will explain it to me below, I’m sure. Caution — comment bait ahead.

:-)
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Ah yeah, I know how you are – behaving like usual – smart, funny, engaging, funny, addictive, combative, contrarian, prickly, funny, and, oh, the hardest working man in the blogosphere.

Everybody just envy’s you, myself included.

Mcguyver on September 19, 2007 at 1:10 PM

To Loundry, (on September 19, 2007 at 12:58 PM)

Warning: My next post is a baited comment.

Mcguyver on September 19, 2007 at 1:15 PM

“Christian love” rears its ugly head again.

Loundry on September 19, 2007 at 12:58 PM

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Practice what you preach, kemosabe:
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“First love yourself
Then you can love someone else”

- Madonna

Mcguyver on September 19, 2007 at 1:17 PM

Solipsism has nothing to do with that, and I think you’re taking my favorite -ism word AP.

Nonfactor on September 19, 2007 at 1:25 PM

To Nonfactor, (on September 19, 2007 at 1:25 PM)

Warning: My next post is baited, contentious and a complete waste of your time.

Mcguyver on September 19, 2007 at 1:41 PM

Solipsismhas a name: Nonfactor
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sol·ip·sism – [sol-ip-siz-uhm]

1. . the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.
2. extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one’s feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.

Mcguyver on September 19, 2007 at 1:42 PM

To Nonfactor,

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You’re welcome.
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Mcguyver on September 19, 2007 at 1:42 PM

I’d like to see her pull the same crap using Mohammed. Never happen. Hollywood celebs are notoriously closed mouthed when it comes to Islam.

bloggless on September 19, 2007 at 1:46 PM

I’d like to see her pull the same crap using Mohammed.
bloggless on September 19, 2007 at 1:46 PM

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Perhaps Nonfactor and Loundry could start a consulting firm to help Hollyweird celebs bash Islam.
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Wouldn’t that……….. be a hoot!

Mcguyver on September 19, 2007 at 2:02 PM

Hey, shouldn’t you be in the View thread admitting to your shameful, shameful television-viewing habits?

Allahpundit on September 19, 2007 at 12:07 PM

Haha. I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to stop recording it. Naturally I stopped watching it right before Sherri lost her mind.

Tanya on September 19, 2007 at 2:14 PM

Perhaps Nonfactor and Loundry could start a consulting firm to help Hollyweird celebs bash Islam.

Mcguyver on September 19, 2007 at 2:02 PM

A key difference between Christians and Muslims is that Christians are capable of cleaning up their act due to the (often-ignored) mandates of “love your enemies” and “forgive your enemies”. Muslims aren’t required to do those things. That’s why Christians here get criticism whereas Muslims don’t deserve such respect. Instead, Muslims should de-convert from that evil religion.

Remember, I regard Christians as allies. That doesn’t mean I have to respect their religion or unhealthy beliefs. Likewise, you don’t have to respect my atheism to regard me as an ally in the defense of Western culture against the totalitarian religion of Islam.

Loundry on September 19, 2007 at 2:25 PM

Update: If God’s mad at Kathy, he’s doing a pretty good job of hiding it right now.

Perhaps.

But something tells me, she’ll be stoking the fires of hell with those billions of dollars.

The Ugly American on September 19, 2007 at 3:13 PM

I beg to differ, Loundry. The one and only reason Hollywood celebs never bash Islam is because they value their heads. Period.

bloggless on September 19, 2007 at 4:08 PM

A key difference between Christians and Muslims is that Christians are capable of cleaning up their act due to the (often-ignored) mandates of “love your enemies” and “forgive your enemies”.

Loundry on September 19, 2007 at 2:25 PM

Do atheists have any mandate to love and forgive their enemies?

If not does that then mean there is no hope of reforming them?

12thman on September 19, 2007 at 5:10 PM

Kathy Griffin is gross.

And who’s that obnoxious red-headed tranny who keeps showing up in all these videos that are supposed to be about her?

Kensington on September 19, 2007 at 8:02 PM

Remember, I regard Christians as allies. That doesn’t mean I have to respect their religion or unhealthy beliefs.
Loundry on September 19, 2007 at 2:25 PM

Could you please be a little bit more vague next time?
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Thank you.
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But then again.. I didn’t realize that the following was a non-factor:

“Christian love” rears its ugly head again.

Loundry on September 19, 2007 at 12:58 PM

Mcguyver on September 19, 2007 at 8:59 PM