Man, you go to work for a day and miss out on all the fun news…
Kathy Griffin won a creative arts Emmy for her reality show “My Life on the D-List” the other night.
Here was her acceptance speech:
Can you believe this shit? 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.
It’s her brand of humor. It’s no more offensive than Sarah Silverman‘s jokes at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night. You either think they’re funny or you don’t.
I’m in the camp that finds it funny. Though I thought the “no one had less to do with this award than Jesus” part was funnier than “Suck it, Jesus.”
Defamer jokingly says the censored version could end up looking like this:
“I…thank Jesus for this award…I want you to know…JESUS…is my god now.”
In any case, her remarks are being censored by the Emmy folk. Bill Donohue of the (I’ve-yet-to-meet-a-member-of-the) Catholic League is… wait for it… pissed off. He called it “hate speech.”
Then again, Donohue overreacts to all things irrelevant. He called the Chocolate Jesus “one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever.”
Meanwhile, the Emmy people are considering whether the Andy Samberg/Justin Timberlake “Dick in a Box” video from Saturday Night Live — which is funny but (in my opinion) much more provocative than Griffin’s speech — should be performed live during the weekend broadcast.
I’d love to see that.
The point: No one’s making a big deal about girls swooning over the male anatomy in a video that aired on SNL’s Christmas episode. It’s Jesus’ birthday, they’re talking about dicks in boxes, and nothing happens.
Make a humorous point that you’re not thanking Jesus in an acceptance speech and people jump all over you.
(via Black Sun Journal)
***Update*** (via The Freethinker): Griffin’s reaction to the controversy, according to a statement issued by her publicist: “Am I the only Catholic left with a sense of humour?”