Everyone likes a good joke, but when poor taste becomes reprehensible, it’s no longer a laughing matter.
That’s exactly how we feel about so-called comedian Kathy Griffin’s detestable video post of herself holding a fake blood-soaked facsimile of President Donald Trump’s head.
No matter what one’s opinion of the president, Griffin’s attempt at both humor and commentary crossed an imaginary line that has just about everyone up in arms.
First of all, we are thankful to see that a line has finally been drawn. Whether political humor or some other brand of comedy, for too long now funny has been replaced by pure filth and lack of judgment, and no one has dared to stand up publicly and say enough is enough.
Griffin’s stunt was so horrible that it actually made even the most liberal-minded individuals among us cry foul. And well it should. Donald Trump is, after all, our president. And like him or not, the office he holds deserves respect, and the man, himself, deserves far better than Griffin’s disgusting attempt at humor.
She has since apologized for her seriously poor taste, but the damage, we believe has been done. And while we don’t believe Griffin intended to harm the president, there are just some things which should be off limits to gain a laugh. A bloody head is definitely one of them.
Griffin’s humor has always crossed the line of poor taste, and we drew a line a long time ago when it comes to her off-color sense of humor. But her recent antic was more than just off-color, it was absurd, but more importantly perhaps than even that, it was bordering on dangerous.
There are already enough people in the world today who would like nothing more than to cause the president (Trump or someone else) physical harm — that’s why they have Secret Service agents surrounding them at all times. We don’t need stupidity such as Griffin’s giving others crazy ideas.
The ignorance and mendacity by the fringe elements of the far left and far right to claim that Michelle Obama is actually a man or that then-President George W. Bush was having an affair with his secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, have already poisoned the public body. Griffin’s ridiculous shenanigans only fans that fire.
The only antidote is for decent people of every political stripe to view those kinds of things with the revulsion they deserve.
Freedom of speech is extremely important to Americans, and rightfully so. But as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes stated in his famous “fire in a crowded theater” opinion, “The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger …”
We would like to believe that Democrats were as outraged as Republicans over what Griffin did. We would also like to believe that Republicans were as turned off by racist threats made during Barack Obama’s term.
There are lots of things we would like to believe. One of them is that now that a limit for bad taste has been established, that we might see far less of it in the future.
Portions of this editorial were gleaned from The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y.