WASHINGTON, March 13, 2018: – D-lister Kathy Griffin tells anyone who will listen that she is planning her comedy “comeback.” It remains unclear if anyone cares.
Her handlers have booked New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center as stand-up venues for the insult comedian. As these two media centers will attract a significant portion of the anti-Trump “resistance,” this likely influenced their choice.
Voting with their cash
You may recall that Kathy Griffin became an unemployable pariah after posing for photographs with a facsimile of President Trump’s severed and bloody head.
Griffin’s finances were further depleted by a loss of commercial sponsorship from the makers of Squatty Potty. The manufacturer claims their product “helps you eliminate faster… putting your body into a natural squatting position over your own toilet.” But, horrified by Griffin’s stunt, Squatty Potty dropped her as a spokesperson.
Finally, even fake-news leader CNN fired the comedian from her annual gig on their New Year’s Eve countdown show.
The resulting loss of income forced Griffin to sell her 8,098-square-foot, 5-bedroom home in Hollywood Hills. It sold for a million dollars below her initial asking price.
An unpopular popular culture
In addition to Kathy Griffin’s self-inflicted woes, popular culture itself it losing its popularity.
The image of Kathy Griffin holding the bloody head of President Trump became representative of the still smoldering anger directed toward President Trump. But she also aimed that image the “deplorable” folks in flyover country. Unexpectedly well represented in the Electoral College, they put him in the White House.
Popular culture mavens also imagined that entertainment award shows would provide a venue for entertinment lefties to vent. As a result, angry actors, singers, and film directors used these platforms to rage against Trump and his supporting network of deplorables.
But that strategy backfired as well. It seems like fewer and fewer deplorables have become less and less willing to suffer the insults. They just tuned the “resistance” out.
Kathy Griffin is finding her niche market
All this likely explains why Griffin is confining her comeback to New York City and Washington, D.C. Her brand of popular culture no longer plays in Peoria.
Like the dying publishing industry, Griffin seems to have discovered her niche market in tiny subsets of leftist culture. That would include magazines like Potato Review, Twins, and Poultry World.
During an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Maher praised Griffin for being a “hard worker.” And he lamented that she had her “livelihood taken away.”
Winning the Culture Wars?
In a piece entitled, “How Progressives Win the Culture War,” New York Times “conservative” columnist David Brooks observed
“Progressives are getting better and more aggressive at silencing dissenting behavior. All sorts of formerly legitimate opinions have now been deemed beyond the pale on elite campuses… The boundaries are being redrawn across society… There are a number of formerly popular ideas that can now end your career: the belief that men and women have inherently psychological differences, the belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, opposition to affirmative action… If progressives can cut what’s left of the conservative movement off from mainstream society, they will fundamentally alter the culture war.”
Brooks errs in thinking popular culture emanates from tangential, “safe-space” university campuses and the ivory tower offices of NYT columnists.
In reality, the arbiters of taste and “legitimate opinions” are the legion of viewers who shut out the recent Golden Globes and Academy Awards broadcasts. Individuals who celebrate the reality that men and women are very different from one another. The millions of people who still believe marriage is the sacred union between a man and a woman, no matter what five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court rule. Those who believe people should be evaluated on the basis of their achievements and not the color of their skin.
If progressives need to become “more aggressive at silencing dissenting behavior,” it’s because they are losing the culture war.
Just ask unemployed D-Lister Kathy Griffin.
Top image: Photo of Kathy Griffin by photographer, screenwriter and director Tyler Shields.