Typically when entertainers do or say something exceedingly provocative, edgy, or controversial, those people who were offended by their actions or words will take to social media and proclaim that the entertainer’s career is officially over. Of course it never is. Because at the very moment the haters are humming a funeral dirge, there are equally devout supporters championing their courage and mettle.
Think back to the former country superstars, the Dixie Chicks. In 2002, they were at the top of the country music kingdom and embarking on a world tour in London. Singer Natalie Maines pranced up to the microphone and uttered, “We’re ashamed that the President of the United States (Bush) is from Texas.”
Criticizing the Commander-in-Chief on foreign soil was an outrage to many, including several of their big name colleagues like Reba McEntire and Toby Keith. When a significant number of country music stations started refusing to play their music because of Maines’ remarks, several thought it would be the end of the Dixie Chicks. It wasn’t. Why? Because the Commander-in-Chief was George W. Bush, and it turned out that a large number of left-wing Americans who didn’t like country music, liked him even less, and so they rallied to support the Bush bashers. So much so that it propelled the Chicks’ subsequent album, “Taking the Long Way Home” to number one on the country charts.
In other words, here in America, criticizing a president during wartime while on foreign soil isn’t enough to actually tube your career. But it appears we have found what will. Holding up a bloody, severed head the likeness of the president and calling it art.
That was the inexplicable decision of left-wing activist Kathy Griffin just days ago. The backlash was potent and surprisingly universal. In fact, other than the seemingly deranged actor Alec Baldwin, there was no one who came to Griffin’s defense. No one.
She had one sponsor – a footstool that you put under your feet when you defecate to facilitate a successful unload procedure. It’s called Squatty Potty. And though they traffic in fecal matter, they wanted nothing to do with Griffin’s antics, and they canned her.
She had seven “comedy” shows scheduled between now and Christmas. Every single venue has now cancelled her performance because they don’t want to be associated with her conduct.
She had one gig on CNN – a New Year’s Eve event with Anderson Cooper where she either gets naked or makes vulgar gestures in a desperate attention grab. But despite the fact that this event won’t come up for another 6 months and would occur when most of their viewers are either inebriated or happily partying with friends and therefore disinterested in what’s happening on CNN anyway, the company announced she was fired. CNN did that. The network of Chris Cuomo, Reza Aslan, Carol Costello. Even they couldn’t stomach having to write a check to Griffin.
So let’s be clear: Trump didn’t break her. She broke herself. Badly. The sooner she realizes that and takes inventory of the ideas, beliefs and life choices that brought her to this point, the better for her.
And honestly, though some might find this outrageous given that I have always found the woman obnoxious and incapable of being funny without being gross, I actually feel bad for her. I’m sure she feels alone. Besides those that she is paying to take her side (like the high-priced crisis attorney Griffin is using to try to play the victim), there’s no one wanting anything to do with her. That’s a sad, lonely, and dangerous place to be as a human being.
So Kathy, I want to be your friend. And here’s my heartfelt advice to you:
Move. Leave Hollywood. Leave the industry. Leave the people you have tried to make your friends. Leave performance world you have tried to make your profession. Leave the stage and screen where you’ve been obsessed with finding a way to inherit a spotlight.
Move to the Midwest, a small town. Find a normal job in a normal community. Make real friends. Go to church. Get involved in a small group. Become honest with yourself, recognize your depravity and need for something greater than what this world has to offer. Surrender yourself to the Lordship of the Christ you’ve tried so hard to mock and resist all these years.
Try it, Kathy. And then report back to us in 10 years and tell us if your life isn’t fuller, richer, more meaningful, more purposeful, more blessed, and happier than you ever thought possible.
At this point, what do you have to lose?