If you hadn’t already heard about what Kathy Griffin said while receiving her Emmy, here are the actual comments:
Upon winning this past Saturday, Kathy said, “Can you believe this sh**? I guess hell froze over. … a lot of people come up here and thank
Jesus for this award. “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.” When asked about her speech, an
“unrepentant” Griffin added, “I hope I offended some people. I didn’t want to win the Emmy for nothing.”
So, what should we make of this as Christians? Obviously it hurts to hear someone trample the most sacred person in our lives. Beyond that feeling though there really isn’t much to say or do about
it. People like Kathy Griffin just embarrass themselves with these sorts of statements. It exposes her in a way that probably makes her ashamed in private. Statements like hers are designed to do
one thing: hurt people. That’s how she gets her kicks evidently, and that is the lowest form of mirth. It’s shameful to watch her do that to herself. She is basically a verbal bully. She’s a lot
like George Carlin in that respect. They say things like that in the safe, comfortable atmosphere of a wine and dine hollywood awards show where everyone will dutifully laugh along with her. Change
any of the parameters though, and those words will never leave her lips.
Bullies get there jollies from the feeling of power they get watching someone be scared of them. They always run in packs and they always do their thing in settings that are stacked in their favor.
It’s the same thing here. Does anyone think that she would say “Suck it, Allah” while on a USO tour in Iraq? There is no way. There would be instant muslim retaliation. But because some of Christ’s
central teachings are to “turn the other cheek” and “if you live by the sword you will die by the sword” then our treasure is a safe target for her. I pitty her the same way that I pitty someone who
would beat up a cripple for fun. If taking things that are sacred to others and trashing them is how she likes to have fun then nobody ever taught her properly how to integrate into society. She
defines the term anti-social.
Like I said though. There really isn’t much to say or do about it. In a way we have brought it on oureslves by the foolish comments we make. The first part of her comments actually touched on a
grain of truth in that regard. It is silly to thank Jesus for winning a football game or an award. Just ask Reggie White. He learned that lesson himself:
“I used to have people tell me, ’God has given you the ability to play football so you could tell the world about him,’ ” White said shortly before his death. “Well, he doesn’t need football to let
the world know about him. When you look at the Scriptures, you’ll see that most of the prophets weren’t popular guys. I came to the realization that what God needed from me more than anything is a way
of living instead of the things I was saying. Now I know I’ve got to sit down and get it right.”
Implying that Jesus helped you win a football game has the dual implication that the committed Christians on the other team didn’t have God’s favor somehow. That’s just foolishness. I understand why people say it. I just think it does
more harm than good. We left the door open in that regard. Sure, normal caring citizens would never hurt their neighbor like that on purpose, even if the door was left open. But, normal caring
people wouldn’t rob their neighbors house if they left it unlocked while they were away either. Kathy Griffin isn’t a normal caring person. She’s a harrier; if only by virtue of her media presence.