Kathy Griffin shows feminism’s anger is as sharp as a guillotine
WASHINGTON, June 1, 2017 — Comedian Kathy Griffin’s head is spinning. She clearly thought she was on the cutting edge of the political zeitgeist when she posed for photos holding a facsimile of President Trump’s severed and blood-drenched head.
In a short TMZ video, Griffith tells the reporter, “Tyler and I aren’t afraid to do images that make noise,” as photographer Tyler Shields poses Griffin with her bloody prop.
Griffin clearly thought she was, in the words of Hollywood’s preening peacocks, “brave” for speaking truth to power. But as everyone knows, there’s little room aboard the international anti-Trump bandwagon, filled as it is with every manner of politician (left and right) and comedian (famous or has-been).
Instead of being showered with praise, however, Griffin quickly lost commercial endorsements and was fired from her gig as an on-air personality at CNN.
But the real problem remains. Griffin expressed, visually, what many a deranged Trump hater has been thinking since the day of his inauguration. And like Griffin, many of these haters are women.
Last January 21 (the day after Trump took the oath of office), millions of females across America participated in what was dubbed the “Women’s March.” It was considered the first act of the anti-Trump “Resistance.”
This bizarre march was in homage to the October 1789 Women’s March of the French Revolution, where a mob paraded from Paris to the royal palace at Versailles, raiding an arsenal on the way.
When the throng of French citizens finally arrived at the palace, they beat and decapitated several palace guards, hoisting their heads high on pikes as they paraded the royals back to the capital… and to their eventual doom by way of the guillotine.
Edmund Burke, political theorist, orator and statesman, called the bloody events of the French Revolution “a spectacle more resembling a procession of American savages… leading into hovels hung round with scalps, their captives, overpowered with the scoffs and buffets of women as ferocious as themselves.”
The revolutionary mob demanded both bread and work in government-supported ateliers de filature (workshops).
According to historian Lisa CiCaprio, France’s violent female marchers “asserted their rights of citizenship and the obligation of a secular republic toward its citizens and, in the process, affirmed and developed the concept of entitlements that represent the third main feature of modern welfare states.”
Last January, organizers of the Women’s March posted their manifesto online, “We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services… This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education.”
It seems revolutionary feminism, past and present, is a movement in search of a sugar daddy, the State.
The mobs of the French Revolution screamed on behalf of “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.” But all that was pushed aside by their unquenchable anger, which inexorably led to the “Reign of Terror.” Out of the chaos arose that strongman and quintessential misogynist, Napoleon Bonaparte.
Since the American Electoral College formally declared Donald Trump the winner over Hillary Clinton following Election 2016, American feminists have been a bit out of sorts. In a rage, even.
In that vein, Kathy Griffin’s sudden interest in lopping off the head of the head of our nation is in keeping with that age-old and mindless revolutionary impulse.
“It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things,” said Edmund Burke, “that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”
And the same holds true for angry, modern American feminists.