In 2017, comedian Kathy Griffin was largely ostracized from Hollywood for posing in a picture where she held up a prop decapitated head of President Donald Trump.
As Trump’s scandals and humanitarian controversies have piled up, however, most of the public seems to have forgiven or at least shrugged away the issue.
One reason why Griffin’s picture no longer seems as extreme as it once was is due to President Trump himself posting videos that promote violence against news organizations and liberal personalities.
He tweeted this…https://t.co/iJELDGMRAE
— Terry Dresbach (@draiochta14) October 14, 2019
In a recent video played at a Pro-Trump event in Miami, Florida at the Trump Organization’s Doral golf resort, the President’s face is photoshopped onto actor Colin Firth’s body from the movie Kingsmen in the famous scene where he slaughters an entire church full of White supremacists.
Here's a fun game:
Find a tweet from a conservative defending the Kingsman video, then do a search for anything they may have tweeted about Kathy Griffin in 2017.
— Queer Curmudgeon (@QueerCurmudgeon) October 14, 2019
In the video, the faces of liberal celebrities and news organizations are the victims of Trump’s rampage.
In the video “Mr. Trump stops in the middle of the church, pulls a gun out of his suit jacket pocket and begins a graphic rampage. As the parishioners try to flee, the president fires at them. He shoots Black Lives Matter in the head…” @nytmike https://t.co/r6g789xkuR
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 14, 2019
Griffin, who was included in the video alongside other notable figures like “HuffPost, CNN, CBS, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and former President Barack Obama,” wrote about it on Twitter, calling on people to take it seriously.
“Im depicted as being murdered by The President of the United States in this video. The left, right & center left me hanging out to dry regarding the Trump mask photo. Please don’t let it happen again. No, this video isn’t a joke to his followers. And it will not be taken as such.”
Im depicted as being murdered by The President of the United States in this video.The left, right & center left me hanging out to dry regarding the Trump mask photo. Please don’t let it happen again. No, this video isn’t a joke to his followers. And it will not be taken as such. https://t.co/uxikv4fAT0
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 14, 2019
Oh yes, countless cable political pundits will all be running to my defense🙄 https://t.co/wZsKMBN26y
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 14, 2019
Though many conservatives are attacking Griffin for alleged hypocrisy in her denouncement of the video, she believes there’s a huge difference between a comedian with relatively little political power posting a satirical picture and supporters of the President of the United States endorsing violence against a plethora of different organizations and individuals.
The people who worried about Barron seeing Kathy Griffin holding a fake severed head that looked sort of like his father are ok with him seeing his actual father’s face superimposed on a gunman mass murdering people in a church.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) October 14, 2019
Every single Conservative who came out and called for Kathy Griffin to resign for her tasteless video needs to do the same for the gruesome, Kingsman-based #TrumpVideo.
They won't, but never miss a daily opportunity to call out their hypocrisy.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant Savage! (@mmpadellan) October 14, 2019
In a public statement, CNN denounced the video in no uncertain terms, saying:
“Sadly, this is not the first time that supporters of the president have promoted violence against the media in a video they apparently find entertaining — but it is by far and away the worst.”
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) October 14, 2019
The White House Correspondents Association also denounced the video in a press release that can be read here.
The organization which held the Miami event, American Priority, claims the video was shown as part of their meme exhibit and say it is “not associated with or endorsed by the conference in any official capacity.”
“American Priority rejects all political violence and aims to promote a healthy dialogue about the preservation of free speech. This matter is under review.”
On Twitter, many were outraged at the hypocrisy of Griffin’s critics.
[Kathy Griffin holds a severed Trump head]
MAGA: “OMG THIS IS AN OUTRAGE, WE MUST DESTROY HER”
[Trump Doral shows doctored Kingsman video of Trump killing media figures and shooting Black Lives Matter in the head]
MAGA: “OMG THIS IS SO FUNNY, I HAVE TO SEND THIS TO GRANDMA”
— Santa Claus, CEO (@SantaInc) October 14, 2019
“When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it."
– Melania Trump responding to Kathy Griffin in 2017https://t.co/owggSEJy8V
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 14, 2019
Nothing will happen. This is disgusting, but his base will still vote for him. Remember how the GOP attacked Kathy Griffin? I bet they will say nothing about this. https://t.co/diFHbPtCfZ
— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) October 14, 2019
The Kathy Griffin photo is getting compared to the MAGA Kingsman video. There’s one huge difference, though. Griffin supporters don’t go on mass-murdering sprees. Some Trump supporters do.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) October 14, 2019
At least when Kathy Griffin did something in poor taste, it was aimed at one person, specifically the most heavily guarded person in the country. This video is not only depicting, but INVITING, violence towards people in the everyday media. This could kill people.#TrumpVideo pic.twitter.com/Qazheel9Ru
— Laura Owens (@laura_owens01) October 14, 2019
Excited to hear all those who were so outraged at Kathy Griffin speak out. https://t.co/JSRXznzuk3
— Sarah Colonna (@sarahcolonna) October 14, 2019
Meanwhile Kathy Griffin got almost destroyed for satirically decapitating this idiot https://t.co/uJ0ho2AHl4
— Ken Reid (@KennethWReid) October 14, 2019
Depictions of violence against the media and innocent individuals are always jarring but are even more disturbing when they’re promoted by the President’s supporters as a funny representation of his power.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders who was in attendance told reporters she was not aware of the video and had not seen it at the event in question.
Have you listened to the first season of George Takei’s podcast, ‘Oh Myyy Pod!‘?
In season one we explored the racially charged videos that have taken the internet by storm.
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Here’s one of our favorite episodes from season one. Enjoy!