¿Quién es peor, Kathy Griffin o Bill Maher?

¿Quién es peor, Kathy Griffin o Bill Maher?
image: TMZ/Tyler Shields

The headline reads, “Who is worse, Kathy Griffin or Bill Maher?” I don’t know why it’s in Spanish, it reminds me of the ¿Quién es más macho? thing from Saturday Night Live.

It would seem that Bill Maher’s little brain fart last month was more offensive to more people than Griffin’s “Ode to a Chopped Off Head.

Trump’s decapitated head was a joke that went off the rails, although it’s possibly an image that comes to many Americans in their dreams.

Trump hammered on the image of beheadings throughout his campaign. He didn’t seem very worried about his boys then. I doubt if Eric the Lion Killer is bothered by the sight of his father’s bloody head.

He’s been calculating his inheritance for years.

If it’s true that little Barron was traumatized, we have to wonder who’s in charge of monitoring his online viewing. In any case, that kid was already destined for a lifetime of therapy.

Trump himself is always conjuring up bloody images, but they usually involve women. Whether it’s Megyn Kelly bleeding from her “wherever” or Mika Brzesinski bleeding from a facelift, Mr. Trump doesn’t seem to have any problem with people bleeding.  At least not when they’re women.

Griffin’s little skit was aimed a single person, albeit one with particularly thin skin. When Bill Maher quipped that he was a “house nigger,” he offended just about everyone.  Everyone, that is except for white supremacists, Nazis, the KKK and just about anyone who voted for Trump.

I don’t subscribe to all our politically correct references and euphemisms, all that hyphenating is exhausting. What is it we’re trying to prove by using phrases like African-American?

Sometimes I introduce gay friends as queers just for the shock value.  Admittedly, it’s a bit edgy, maybe even offensive.

Some things, though are over the line PERIOD

When I first quoted Maher’s words a few paragraphs ago, I typed in “n-word” instead of the actual word. My fingers didn’t want to type those letters, but that made it an inaccurate quote, so I changed it. The point is, some words are just too discordant for many of us and that is one of them.

As Vincent Antonelli (Steve Martin) said to Barney Coopersmith (Rick Moranis) in My Blue Heaven, “Well don’t do it, it hurts my ears.”

During an interview with Nebraska’s Senator Ben Sasse, Sasse invited Maher to come to Nebraska and work in the fields.

Even without the n-word, Maher’s response would have been lame. The Nebraska Territory was not a slave state and was staunchly anti-secessionist during the Civil War. They even changed their name from Greene County to Seward County after Missouri General Greene joined the Confederacy.

Seward was Abe Lincoln’s Secretary of State.

Many in the black community argue that white people do not have the right to use the n-word. I can see their point, but it hurts my ears no matter the user’s race.

When Maher apologized to a string of black guests including Ice Cube and Michael Eric Dyson, that, too seemed contrived and disingenuous. Apologizing only to black people, while commercially appropriate suggests that members of other races weren’t equally offended.

As Jesus said, ” inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Bet you weren’t expecting to see a biblical quote here.)

In the final analysis, it was a slip. A spontaneous utterance that turned out badly. We all do it. I know I do.  A lot.

Griffin’s spoof took a bit more premeditation, but I’m sure it seemed funny to her at the time.  Speaking of time, it’s time to move on.

Will somebody please tell me why the President of the United States of America is completely unconcerned about a hostile, foreign government attacking the very foundation of our society? Isn’t that, at the very least a gross dereliction of duty?

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