Last Tuesday Kathy Griffin (an American comedian) posted a video of herself holding a fake, bloodied, decapitated Donald Trump head. But much as I detest him (and his cohorts) and everything they’ve said, done and stand for, I did not find it at all amusing.
Frankly, I’ve never been a fan of hers. I don’t find her particular brand of humour even remotely funny. Definitely not my cup of tea.
With this video, however, she outdid herself; and I’m not only not surprised at all the backlash, I support it. She crossed the line.
Regardless of what you think of Trump, regardless of whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, regardless of how bad his behaviour is, regardless of his potty mouth, lies, accusations, insults, bullying, threats and dishonesty, what Kathy Griffin did was just not acceptable.
Especially as we live in a world where the beheading of innocent men is all too common. When ISIS proudly uses videos of their heinous acts as both recruiting tools and as threats and reminders to all of us, of just what they are capable of doing.
Yes, we must speak out against Trump and Company.
Yes, we must investigate.
Yes we must make him, and the rest of the bad guys (on both sides of the aisle) accountable for their missteps and misdeeds.
Yes we must take action.
Yes we must resist and fight back and hold on to our principles.
But this is not the way to do it. It doesn’t matter that Donald Trump (and others) get away with all the vile, vulgar, tasteless, inflammatory and dangerous things they do. That is not a valid reason or excuse for stooping to their level.
As my parents drilled into my from the time I was a young child, “two wrongs don’t make a right.”