In case you haven’t heard yet, Kathy Griffin recently won an Emmy for her show, My Life on the D List. And she said some things about Jesus in her acceptance speech. In case you missed it, here are some links to catch you up, and the original video.
- Then Christians got pissed about it
- Then a theater company bought a $90k ad in USA Today
- Then Kathy said this about it
- Now all hell has broken loose (at least in the press)
Here’s where I stand on this: I am a Christian, and as a Christian, I would never say something like Kathy said, I would never agree the tone of it and I can’t help but twinge when I hear her comments. As a Christian, the goal is for Christ to have more and more to do with my life.
But her statements don’t outrage me.
Kathy Griffin is a comedian. Not a very funny one, but she is a comedian. She’s known for shocking people for comedic reasons, and she is obviously doing that here. I’m also pretty sure she’s not a Christian (she admits on her own website to being a militant atheist due to Catholic School experiences). So why should I expect her to thank him or think he had anything to do with it? She’s probably correct in stating that Jesus didn’t have much to do with it, and, if anything, she’s being honest (and “funny”).
What does irritate me is the reaction to the whole thing. The catholic guy in this video has lost it; I think it’s pretty close-minded to think she’s only offending Catholics. Sadly, I seem to agree more with this sissy priest on his assessment of the whole thing.
Here’s my point: I don’t expect people who didn’t go to my high school to care if they go to the state playoffs. I don’t expect country music fans to care much about my memories of sitting on the 4th row of a Prince concert. I don’t expect homosexuals to appreciate my view of sexuality, and I don’t expect non-Christians to think much of Christ.
God gives us free will, and Kathy Griffin has exercised hers. I don’t have to agree with it, but I also don’t have to get mad about it. My free will is quite free of Kathy Griffin’s.
Some other entertaining blog posts on the topic:
- Idol Chatter: a level-headed Christian’s take on it all. Great point on how the reaction is only giving Griffin more press.
- The Ledger: someone who picked up pretty quick that it was a pretty satirical joke.
- On the Fritz: A Catholic taking a more relaxed approach (and maybe taking a little too much advantage of confession).
- The Change Revolution: Seems there’s another ad coming.