Kathy Griffin just got out of a press conference in which she, and her lawyers, explained why she made the photo, her thoughts after backlash hit, her stance on the Trump administration, and what she’s planning to do from this point forward.
If you would like to see for yourself all of what she and her lawyers said, check out the video below.
Before I get into my thoughts on the press conference, I just want to share the bullet points of what was said during it for those who didn't watch.
- Kathy Griffin’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, started off by saying that Kathy made a terrible mistake, apologized and meant it, but is now being personally targeted, censored, and silenced by the Trump administration
- They state that no administration has ever gone so far before to silence a comedian and should focus on governing.
- They also stated that the Secret Service is investigating her.
- Kathy expressed that she’s sorry she did it (though it was meant as art and not a threat), but will continue to stand up against Trump and make jokes about him.
- Kathy also stated that she’s lost 5 concert gigs so far from the backlash and is hurt from being fired from the CNN New Years Eve gig.
- Kathy says that the photo wasn't planned but an impulse. She and Tyler Shields got together to have a funny and edgy photo shoot. By the end of the day, they decided to make a provocative and sensational photo. They quickly pieced together the idea and immediately went with it.
Now for my personal thoughts.
I was working on a separate news article when I noticed that the little “We’re Live” video in the bottom right corner (which by the way, I hate when news sites do that), was playing a live press conference with Kathy Griffin.
I, of course, decided to tune in.
Now, I first have to express my opinion on the whole situation.
I believe that Kathy Griffin was in the wrong with the joke. It was in poor taste from the get go.
That said, she’s allowed to make that bad decision and bad joke. That’s her first amendment right. Freedom of expression. But with that, she does not have the protection from any backlash because of what she says or does.
So, it’s perfectly fair for people to be mad and for her to get fired.
Though, I do believe that people are sensationalizing it and trying to destroy her career. Yes, what she did was stupid and ultimately a threat against the president (even if she didn’t mean it), but does she deserve to have her entire career ruined because of it? Does she deserve to be silenced? I don’t think so.
But anyway, back to the press conference.
Again, I jumped in a few moments late. At the time, one of Kathy’s lawyers named Lisa Bloom, who’s been a legal analyst for Avvo and The Today Show as well as hosted a legal talk show on TrueTV, was speaking.
Now, my first impression of Lisa Bloom was that she was amazing. She was articulate and pressed the message that Kathy is being ganged up on and focused on the hypocrisy of the Trump administration.
That said, there were other moments where she didn’t seem like a good lawyer.
Honestly, Kathy talked too much. They should have made her stop. Now, it was endearing to see her so candid and just going with the flow. She was off-the-cuff and seemed human and real. But, of course part of that means that she ranted and said things that she shouldn’t have.
I feel like her lawyers needed to make her stop. When questions weren’t directed towards her Kathy would speak, she would say things that she would regret or that she’d have to clarify and that would easily be twisted for a big shot headline. Truly, they didn’t have control of her.
But speaking of headlines, there were a lot of wonderful lines that Kathy said. Some of my favorites are listed down below.
“I want the gay guy who came to see me in lake Charles, Louisiana a few weeks ago. Who said, ‘I wanted to come here because I’m scared to come out, but I get to come here and laugh for two hours.’ That’s what I’m telling you. It’s not for me, it’s for them.”
“I get what I am. I’m the shiny object. I get it. We all know what’s going on here. They’re using me as the shiny object, so nobody’s talking about his FBI investigation.”
“This is America, and you shouldn’t have to die for it.”
“And today it’s me, and tomorrow it could be you.”
“I’m gonna make fun of the president, and you know what, I’m gonna make fun of him more now.”
“He picked the wrong redhead”
At the end of the day, Kathy Griffin made a dumb mistake on an impulse. And now, she might have to suffer greatly for it. She’s being investigated by the Secret Service, and she’s losing jobs left and right.
As I was looking for a video to show you all the live stream, I saw the comments of people watching the stream. They weren’t good. Mass amounts of people were asking for Kathy to be fired or worse.
Kathy is in a bad place right now. I was never a great fan and I’m not convinced that those tears are totally real (but who am I to judge that), but I’m certainly sad to see someone go out like this.
What are your thoughts? Did you watch the press conference? Do you think all of this hate for Kathy’s photo is over-the-top? Do you think she deserves it? Do you think she and her lawyers properly defended her actions and spoke out about the injustice being sent her way? Or, do you think all that's crap?
Let me know down in the comments below, and lets get talking.