Nearly everyone with a television can make jokes about TV awards shows, especially the speech-making. How many times have people made the hoariest jokes about thanking the “little people,” or mimicking Sally Field's Oscar speech: “You like me! You really like me!” But Kathy Griffin, the comedienne with the self-satirizing My Life on the D-List show on that D-list network Bravo, took the ritual to a new low when she won an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program.
She mocked Jesus Christ.
“A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award,” she declared. “I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. So, all I can say is, 'suck it, Jesus.' This award is my god now.” The audience reaction? Reporters noted laughter in the crowd.
It's certainly a ritual for entertainers to thank God or Jesus when they win awards. Some of them are very sincere, like gospel singers at the Grammy Awards. Others have looked more than a little ridiculous, such as during the Vibe Magazine Awards in 2005 when several rappers took home awards for “songs” with nasty lyrics about shooting people -- and then thanked God.
The public doesn't think so and
The cable channel E! announced they would scrub the remark from their taped broadcast of the Creative Arts Emmy awards. (It wasn't part of the more prominent Emmy show that aired on Fox.) Some media outlets also scrubbed the actual remarks from their news stories. Associated Press reporter Lynn Elber would only explain
That wasn't as strange as Reuters, which began its dispatch with the words “Comic Kathy Griffin's 'offensive' remarks about Jesus” will be edited out. Employing quote marks around a word is meant as a warning light that something isn't necessarily so. An insult against Jesus Christ isn't necessarily “offensive,” according to this wire service.
Reuters, you may remember, also doesn't believe the 9/11 murderers were necessarily “terrorists.”
Kathy Griffin has this kind of double standard, too. The irreverent performer is not an equal-opportunity besmircher.
The funny thing is that for someone who doesn't like religious phonies,
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