Comedian Kathy Griffin is still trying to recover from her severed head stunt earlier this year. Saturday, in the midst of her “Laugh your head off” tour of Europe, she posted a video on YouTube titled “Kathy Griffin’s State of the Union.” In the clip, Griffin complains she is being blacklisted in the U.S. and says no one wants to have her on television anymore. Griffin also awkwardly connects her experience to the sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood even though her situation was a) self-inflicted and b) didn’t involve sexual harassment.
“I just want to be honest,” Griffin said. “As far as what we’re going through and hoping this is a turning point for feminism and women’s equality, I just want you to know that at 57, for me it’s not a marathon, it’s a sprint,” she added.
“You know I read today that my pal Lena Dunham is sticking up for some male writer that was accused of sexual harassment…I don’t know the details but my first instinct is ‘Girl, that’s not helping the movement,” Griffin said.
Griffin is referring to a story which broke last Friday, though Dunham later retracted her statement and said she regretted making it. Griffin never explains what her situation has to do with Lena Dunham but she seems to be implying that supporting her career is somehow part and parcel of standing up for sexual assault victims.
“I just want you guys to know I’m fully in the middle of a blacklist,” Griffin said. She continued, “I am in the middle of a Hollywood blacklist. It is real. I am not booked on any talk shows.” “When I get home I do not have one single day of paid work in front of me,” she added.
Griffin later veered off into borderline paranoia saying, “There’s a lot of forces coming against people like me that are trying to do something.” She added, “I mean, look at Harvey Weinstein hired Kroll…and some company called Black Cube to, like, follow Rose McGowan. So, you know, I’m kind of assuming I’m next. I’m already on the Interpol list and all this other stuff.”
“I know I took a picture that offended a lot of people,” Griffin said, “but this wall of crap has never fallen on any woman in the history of America like it has on me.” There’s no doubt Griffin has taken a beating since her severed head stunt went viral. If she wanted to say that no comic has ever been attacked by the president the way she has been, she might have a point. But having brought up sexual assault accusations twice, her comment about having it worse than any woman in history is pretty tone deaf.
Having invited the comparison herself, it’s fair to ask: Does Kathy Griffin really think she has had it worse than Rose McGowan? Does she have it worse than someone who (allegedly) was raped and then had actual spies befriend her to get information out of her? I don’t think so.
Maybe that’s not the comparison Griffin intended but it’s the one her monologue almost begs us to make. It’s not a good look for Griffin. In fact, even Lena Dunham, fresh from putting her foot in her feminist mouth, probably would have advised her to avoid suggesting she’s had it worse than any woman ever.
The one common thread since this story began is that Griffin continues to be her own worst enemy.