Wednesday, September 12, 2007

KathyWatch: She wins, and rises above the vulgarity of crazy Catholics

Kathy Griffin won a much-deserved Emmy on Saturday for her reality show and proceeded to say out loud what every (sane) viewer on Earth mutters each time a sobbing actor accepts an award in a fog of religious piety: Jesus had nothing to do with it.

"A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award," Griffin said at the ceremony. "I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. ... Suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now."

The fatuous trolls at the Catholic League quickly denounced her remarks as "hate speech," asked for an apology and persuaded the dimwits at E! (who stupidly removed Griffin from Golden Globe red carpet duties a couple years ago) to edit her remarks for this Saturday's re-broadcast of the ceremony. Hate speech?

Here's what dumbass Catholic League prez Bill Donahue said: "The self-described ‘complete militant atheist’ needs to make a swift and unequivocal apology to Christians. If she does, she will get this issue behind her. If she does not, she will be remembered as a foul-mouthed bigot for the rest of her life.”

Foul-mouthed bigot for the rest of her life? Shame on the Catholic League, and shame on E!. Both are cowardly organizations. In a public forum, atheists have just as many rights as theists. And how dare the league speak on behalf of Christians.

Griffin wisely issued only this statement: "Am I the only Catholic left with a sense of humor?"

Nope, there's at least two of us, Kath. Memo to Bill Donahue: Go f*ck yourself. Why are you taking the Emmys seriously? Kathy's obviously not. The rest of the world is not. She is a comedian and her speech was an act. She was satirizing insincerity and phony religious piety. Do you honestly believe she is going to enshrine her Emmy and worship it? And even if she does, it is not your business. You also might try watching her show. It's ribald and unruly, but she uses her powers for good. You are pious and stalwart, but you use your powers for bad.

I am outraged. And excited. Did I mention I'm seeing her live next Tuesday?

8 comments:

StinkyLulu said...

Goodness. MrStinky & I saw her a month or so ago. Sooooo funny.

Please DO report whatever she does with the "fatuous trolls" kerfluffle; it'll be GOLD.

J.J. said...

It shall be reported.

Rusty said...

I am not a Griffin fan but I can't stand Donahue. He is pure evil. He doesn't understand satire or nuance.

Alanna said...

She rocks but I definitely would not say that she uses her powers for good. Unless by "good" you mean "hurting people's feelings."

Granted, they are stupid famous people, but it's not like she's researching cures for cancer.

J.J. said...

Incorrect. You should watch the show. It's more than celebrity-bashing. One episode in particular was notable for its sensitive and illuminating treatment of a women's prison, where Kathy did a standup routine. There was also the oddly moving episode in which her father dies. I'm not going to say that the episode might've been a balm for people who have recently lost one of their own parents, but, well, I guess I am going to say that. It's a smart, well-rounded show that is first and foremost about a woman trying to get the most out of her place in life.

J.J. said...

And all of Kathy's Iraq episodes from last season were also small gems.

Michael Parsons said...

She was fantastic on Larry King. Love her, I just wish we got her over here in the UK.

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