Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Kathy Griffin, we love ya!



Both The Barefoot Bum and PZ Myers have blogged on it already, so has the blog "Kill the Afterlife." But I still want to add my voice to the blog cheer for Kathy.

Kathy Griffin won a creative arts Emmy for her reality show, "My Life on the D-List," (to be honest I haven't watched the show yet -- but I will) and during her raucous acceptance speech said that "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 then said "suck it, Jesus!"

This article notes that:

The comedian's remarks were condemned Monday by Catholic League President Bill Donohue, who called them a "vulgar, in-your-face brand of hate speech."

According to the TV academy and E!, when the four hour-plus ceremony is edited into a two-hour program, Griffin's remarks will be shown in "an abbreviated version" in which some language may be bleeped.

Holy bleep! You know that when Bill Donohue gets on your case the Jesus-bots will spam you -- and indeed, Bill Donohue published Kathy’s agent's, Tim Curtis, email at the William Morris Agency: tc@wma.com

I fear she'll probably be hearing from a lot of angry Jesus-bots so why not drop her a note of appreciation here on her web page:
http://kathygriffin.net/contactus.php

She's also got a blog:
http://www.bravotv.com/blog/kathysblog

A blog which gets hundreds of comments on each post.

She's probably got a staff to handle incoming email, so don't count on reaching her, but I recently left a note of approval and a link to PZ's site. Without it she might back off and go wimpy on religion, with a lot of approval she might get more aggressive and I think that would be a good thing.

UPDATE:
Yahoo news has an article that quotes Griffin's reaction (according to her publicist): "Am I the only Catholic left with a sense of humor?" But according to Robert Bell Kathy has said: "My parents sent me to Catholic school, which only made me the vehement militant atheist that I am today." Bill Bruce and someone called Chris gave me two sources for this claim: here and here. She's a Catholic atheist? I am so confused...

6 comments:

The Barefoot Bum said...

Actually, the post is Barefoot Bum contributor James F. Elliott's. I'm honored and pleased, though, to have the privilege of publishing his views.

normdoering said...

Somebody, I'm not sure who, wrote:
"Actually, the post is Barefoot Bum contributor James F. Elliott's."

Let's just call him Larry. It will be less confusing that way.

The Barefoot Bum said...

Oh, Immanuel Kant was a real pissant...

normdoering said...

Heidegger was a boozy beggar
Who could think you under the table.

No More Mr. Nice Guy! said...

She's a Catholic atheist? I am so confused...

I was raised Catholic but am now an atheist, however I've been told on several occassions: "Once a Catholic, always a Catholic." Unfotunately there is no official debaptism ceremony, though I suppose you can always get yourself excommunicated.

Anonymous said...

Gianni Vattimo is a Catholic atheist...

I doubt Kathy Griffin is Catholic in a believer sense, but there is a culture and identity that is involved with being raised in any tradition. Judaism may have genetics tying them together, but Secular Judaism seems like a similar expression of keeping part of one's culture while denying a part you find to be irrelevant and irrational. There's a whole lot of Anglican atheists out there too. The older religions are so old that they are viable cultural institutions, if only more people saw them as only that.