You have the right to say anything you damn well want to. And also the right to take the consequences:
Kathy Griffin, the American comedian who sparked outrage by staging a photoshoot with Donald Trump’s severed head, has accused the president of trying to destroy her.
Griffin, 56, broke down in tears on Friday at a press conference called with womens’ rights lawyer Lisa Bloom.
“I don’t think I will have a career after this,” she said.
“I’m going to be honest. He broke me.”
But she then struck a defiant tone.
“If you don’t stand up, you get run over. “What’s happening to me has never happened in this great country. A sitting president of the US is personally trying to ruin my life forever.”
Ms Bloom said that her client had been “bullied” by the Trumps.
“As a result of the first family bullying her, she has been vilified, getting death threats, fired from multiple jobs and had multiple events cancelled,” she said.
Amazingly, the First Family just doesn’t have this sort of power:
The photos were published on Tuesday, and the outcry was immediate.
On Wednesday Griffin was fired from her role hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve programme, which she had co-hosted alongside Anderson Cooper since 2007. Cooper had immediately condemned her actions, stating: “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”
It was followed by the cancellation of an endorsement deal with Squatty Potty, a line of bathroom footstools, and at least five of her stand-up shows.
In fact, given the current crew in the White House no one believes they would be able to coordinate such even if they had the power to.
You said something outrageous and good for you. And now you’ve got to take the reaction to your having said something outrageous. That’s just how it works.