If we’re keeping it a buck, I don’t respect Donald Trump. I rarely use the title of President in reference to him, not because he isn’t my President (I am an American, so technically…), but because I’m petty. Not “I’m a whining libtard that’s mad that he won” petty, but I think he’s a disgusting, vile, garbage human petty. He doesn’t deserve my respect. He never will. I would also tell you that I respect the office of President far more than he ever has or will. Don’t @ me.
Still, I’m not trying to see a mock up of Donald Trump’s severed head float through my news feed like I’m watching Game of Thrones. Not because I respect him, but because I do have a shred of humanity left (barely) and I try to leave any and all severed heads to Ned Stark in the land of white walkers and make believe. It’s not a great look, it’s not art (I don’t know, do I get to decide what ‘art’ is? I’m guessing no…), it’s actually pretty revolting.
That being said, it’s Kathy Griffin’s right do whatever in the world that Kathy Griffin wants to do. If this is her art, she gets to do it. There are typically consequences to garbage like this, just like ol Kathy found out, and that’s part of it (ask the Duck Dynasty dude about saying stuff and getting fired). See, that’s how freedom of speech and freedom of expression works. You can sever Donald Trump’s fake head and show it off to a camera, but that doesn’t mean that people aren’t going to call you an asshole for it. It simply means that the government cannot come after you.
Take that in again. Read it one more time.
In the same way that you have the right to be offended by this, that, and the third, Kathy Griffin has the right to express herself freely, without worry of persecution from the government. I mean, the secret service totally has to come to her house and make sure she’s not a real threat, but nothing should be done to her. She should not be arrested or ‘locked up’, as I have seen so eloquently expressed on the book of Face. That’s not how it works according to the Bill of Rights and if you don’t like that, you gotta call 411 and get the number for Jimmy Madison and the boys. These are facts only.
Personally, I don’t feel like we should be in the business of depicting the death of anyone, much less the current US President. Not everyone agrees with me and that’s cool, I don’t really get that, but I digress. Anyhow, I figure if you are mad online about this picture, you were surely mad as a hornet when all the pics of Obama being hanged, etc., popped up in your timeline, right?
I don’t know, I guess I missed that outrage. Maybe I was off the internets that day. Maybe you kept it to yourself and didn’t feel the need to write a post about it on your wall? Maybe I’m just Facebook friends with folks who didn’t get amped up over Obama slander. Who really knows? Also, I mean, there’s also the subject of the history of lynching black folks in this country and how racially charged those effigies were, but I’m sure we don’t want to touch that. It’s kinda uncomfortable since you were maybe super disgusted and outraged by this Trump picture and not so much by Obama’s likeness being hanged. Yikes.
I didn’t even know Kathy Griffin was still a thing or relevant until this, so I guess she got her wish. Truth be told, I imagine getting her own name back out there is what this was really about anyway. Perhaps that is a bit cynical? Do I think she hates Donald Trump? For sure. Do I think she hoped it would be a huge story and get her name out there? Yup. Do I think she’s really sorry? Not a shot. And I don’t care that she’s not. I don’t care if she really is sorry. She doesn’t matter to me.
The thing that really gets my goat is the righteous outrage regarding this bull and the silence when it’s someone that you don’t like. I’m here to tell you I don’t like the picture, I think it’s awful. And if you didn’t think it was disgusting when it was Obama, then Lord have mercy, why have you bothered to read this far? Do we have anything in common at all? I would guess not.
I’ve been extra, super good about not posting on Facebook about Trump, unless my comments on news stories show up to you, and in that case, I’m sorry — I have to have an outlet. So, I took this to my blog and if you chose to read, yay, hi! You probably regret it.
But, hey man, I had fun writing it.