Garcia: Did Kathy Griffin go too far?

Comedian Kathy Griffin performs onstage at the Long Center on Feb. 4 in Austin, Texas.

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Comedian Kathy Griffin performs onstage at the Long Center on Feb. 4 in Austin, Texas.

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From SNL standups to impersonations, the evolution of cruel humor of Donald Trump is far from dying down. Especially, with recent decisions and controversies he has been involved in, Trump has just become a constant figure in different forms of cruel humor. Though the latest joke he was apart of, did not sit well with many, or with their stomachs.


Just this week, comedian Kathy Griffin released a photo of her posed

with her holding a replica of a bloody-severed head of Trump. The media went crazy with these photos, mostly negative reactions from both sides of the political spectrum. The photo was just too gruesome for even some radicals to stomach.   




As many other comedians, Griffin creates humorous content mocking celebrities and politics, in which she tried to show in her photo. Kathy Griffin meant to portray this photo as a joke, that did not prove to be funny, especially not to Trump himself.


Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump reacted in the best way possible, through a tweet on Twitter.


“Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!” tweeted by Donald Trump.


With the chaos that has erupted after the release of this photo, Kathy Griffin shared of a video of her apologizing for the whole incident and asked for the photos to be taken down.


“I’m just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic. I crossed the line. I move the line, I cross it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it,” stated by Kathy Griffin.  


Though Griffin apologized for her mistake, CNN could not get past the inappropriateness of the image. CNN released Wednesday, that they fired Kathy Griffin from co-hosting the network’s New Year’s Eve program.


“We found what she did disgusting and offensive, [“We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down.”] released by CNN.


After the controversies of the president himself, and the mocking portrayals of him, was the picture really that bad compared to past incidents?


I definitely agree this photo was disturbing and inappropriate, as the joke could have been portrayed in a different way. Despite this though, is it any different to the 2008 election protests?


Just like the 2016 election of Donald Trump, there was much disapproval shown in the 2008 election of Barack Obama. Protests erupted across the country depicting Obama being lynched or burned, through look-a-likes.


The photos and videos were just as disturbing as Griffin’s photo. So why can’t people stomach this photo, but can move on from the fact that Barack Obama was depicted just the same?


Cruel humor can be formatted in many different ways, but when does it go too far? In this society, I don’t know if we’ll ever recognize when one is going too far. At least acknowledging the problem in both incidents, aids in realizing the change that needs to be made when mocking individuals.   


Though, personal opinions will decipher.