Kathy Griffin on Twitter: ‘I Feel A Responsibility to Keep Talking About This Abuse of Power’

Kathy Griffin on Real Time with Bill Maher, image courtesy of HBO


Kathy Griffin let forth a series of more than 50 tweets last night, following her name being mentioned by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a press conference related to the ending of Roseanne, incidentally held on the one-year anniversary of her controversial Trump severed head photograph.

Among the points Griffin touched upon, she promised she’s been “writing and pitching” in hopes of gaining a “regular presence on TV again” after becoming the entertainment industry’s “Kryptonite.”

“One year ago today my Trump photo was released. I have planned on doing this thread for a while but the fact that Sarah Sanders brought my name up at the podium today makes it even more appropriate for me to share some thoughts on what happened,” she began.

She explained she’d thought the backlash to the severed head photograph would last a day, maybe two, but that she was unprepared for the brutal education on the retribution of the Trump administration she’d receive.



Kathy Griffin on Real Time with Bill Maher, image courtesy of HBO


She wrote: “I learned that day the power of the presidency and the power of the Trump machine. Immediately the death threats started pouring in again but more violent and serious than the previous night. The news networks broke into their programming to put his tweet up.”

Griffin isn’t going anywhere, though. She writes about how she organized some tour dates, including one at Carnegie Hall, which sold out in hours, and began to organize more shows across the country – despite the intense pressure being put on her by the Trump administration.

“I could sell a lot more tour tickets if I just stopped talking about all of this and focused on telling jokes about the Kardashians,” she said. “But I feel a responsibility to keep talking about this abuse of power because one day it’s not going to be a famous comic that deals with this.”

Linkage: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Supports Illinois Same-Sex Marriage, Emmy Rossum Is Just Too Pretty

Bow-tie enthusiast and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson stopped by Chicago yesterday to lend his support in the fight for same-sex marriage, the legislation for which may pass in the Illinois General Assembly before the session ends on June 9. Said Ferguson: "A lot of people who were not comfortable with marriage equality … turn on the television and see a show that has a lot of different families in it — and one of those families just happens to be gay. They’re realizing they have a great time watching the show, then they’re watching a gay couple that’s having a lot of the same problems and issues they have. They realize ‘Oh they’re not so different from me.’ And at that point, we’re in their living rooms." [Chicagoist]

South Korean screenwriter Young Il Kim has penned a film titled Rodham about, well, duh. [Politico]

Speaking of questionably titled biopics, jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher, will close out the Sundance Film Festival and see an April theatrical release. [Deadline New York]

If you were rooting for Lil’ Wayne in your office Worst Tattoo of 2013 pool, it looks like you’re coming out ahead already. [Crushable]

Zooey Deschanel in Glamour: "I want to be a fucking feminist and wear a fucking Peter Pan collar. So fucking what?" Do you, girl! [Jezebel]

EGOT winner Mel Brooks gives some solid advice on how to make all of your creative dreams come true. [Fast Company]

Look, I get that times are tough but if you’re willing to let your boss fart on you then maybe you should just go on unemployment? [The Gloss]

If you expect Kathy Griffin to apologize for trying to perform oral sex on Anderson Cooper during the pair’s annual New Year’s Eve hosting gig, you can, well, suck her dick. [EW]

Emmy Rossum (or, as I like to call her, The Poor Man’s Jennifer Love Hewitt) claims she was almost not even considered for her role in Showtime’s Shameless because she was too pretty. It’s a little early in the year for this, yes? [The Frisky]

"[W]e eagerly await the BuzzFeed post, 10 Reasons We Raised $20M to Write More Things Like “Pretty Japanese Girls React to Drinking Poop Wine.” [Observer]

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Cher & Kathy Griffin’s Get-Out-The-Vote Vid

"This is Cher, bitches! Do what she says!" Kathy Griffin, you might be right.

Cher and Kathy teamed up with the Jewish Council for Education and Research — i.e. the folks behind Sarah Silverman’s famous "Great Schlep" video of 2008 — to urge voters in swing states to not let Mitt "turn back time on women." Heh, heh, Cher pun!

It’s not just full of quips: Cher and Kathy go through dummy comments made by Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney about women’s reproductive health … and Lord, there are so many.

Anyone else kind of thrilled these two are friends?


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Afternoon Links: Elisabeth Moss Does Not Think Fred Armisen is Funny, Megan Fox’s Big Surprise

Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss doesn’t think her ex-husband Fred Armisen is as funny as you do. "One of the greatest things I heard someone say about him is, ‘He’s so great doing impersonations. But the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person.’ To me, that sums it up," she says. [PageSix Magazine]

● Snooki always wanted a "very nice" engagement ring, and from the sounds of it, that is exactly what she got. [People]

● Megan Fox was surprised by a big, yellow, and slightly phallic figure from her past on Ellen this morning. (SFW!) [JustJared]

● IvyGate has uncovered the totally entertaining or maybe disgusting (probably both) pseudonymous twitter of Scout LaRue Willis, the Brown-educated progeny of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. Go forth and read, laugh, and hate at your own risk! [IvyGate]

● Miley Cyrus parked her car in a handicapped spot while going to pilates and did not even get a ticket. Kids these days! [PageSix]

● Kathy Griffin will be on Bravo even more starting this April when she launches Anyway, Kathy, her very own weekly talk show. [Vulture]

Kathy Griffin Reveals her Plans for New Year’s Eve with Anderson Cooper

Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper’s New Year’s Eve broadcast is always funny.  Each year Kathy does something to get fired only to be brought back again the next time the ball drops. What can viewers expect from this year’s show aside from watching Cooper try and stifle a case of the giggles?   If the D-lister has her way, Ryan Seacrest better start running now.

Griffin was on Kimmel this week joking about what she’d like to see happen.  Take a look at the video below to hear her talk about trying to get Cooper fired and her wish to expose her boobs.

Kathy Griffin Wreaks Havoc on Vegans, Skinny Jeans, & Tarantino

From vegans to Bristol Palin, nothing is off-limits for comedian Kathy Griffin—except number 6. While preparing to sully the Great White Way with Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, the two-time Emmy Award winner, Grammy nominee, and New York Times bestselling author took a minute to rattle off life’s little irritants, and to remember the little people (in skinny jeans) who helped her get to where she is today.

1. Don’t touch my feet! I am too ticklish. Back off, freak. That includes you, Tarantino.

2. Vegans. Why don’t you just walk around Manhattan scratching a chalkboard while you’re at it?

3. Texting and walking. Look up, look up, look up… bam! You should have looked up.

4. Cold doughnuts. Do you know how hard it is to find a hot doughnut at any time other than four in the freaking morning? Listen up, New York: I want a hot, fresh doughnut and I want it now. And no, Dunkin’ Donuts, I don’t mean the ones you make in the outer boroughs, drive to Manhattan, and microwave.

5. Lockup Raw. Hey, MSNBC—it’s seven on a Friday night and you’ve stopped showing news. There’s just a little uprising in Egypt I was kind of curious about, but please feel free to run your piece of crap franchise over and over instead.

6. Anal sex. Sorry guys, and some of you ladies with strap-ons. I call that area “exit only.”

7. HD. It doesn’t enhance my viewing pleasure one bit to see every individual hair on Wolf Blitzer’s chin. Let’s soften everyone up a little, shall we? If it were up to me, we would return to the good ol’ days when Cybill Shepherd wouldn’t even walk onto the set of Moonlighting until Vaseline was on the lens.

8. Skinny jeans, especially low-waisted skinny jeans. They do not work with my dwarf-like legs, which will soon be seen on TLC’s Little People, Skinny Jeans.

9. Getting up early. God knows who I was bangin’ all night.

10. Genocide. Never liked it, never will.

Kathy Griffin & the Old Spice Guy Rumored to Be Dating

First there was Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley, then Brigitte Nielsen and Flava Flav, now this: Kathy Griffin and the Old Spice Guy are apparently seeing each other. Or, as Dlisted puts it, “Kathy is reaching for the Old Spice lube.” Definitely the best bizarre celebrity pairing of 2011 so far.

Apparently they started hanging out after Kathy met Old Spice Guy (real name: Isaiah Mustafa) at the Creative Arts Emmys in August. They’ve been “casually” dating ever since. A source told Dlisted that “They are not boyfriend/girlfriend but they are definitely spending time together and getting to know each other.” It reeks of publicity stunt, but I like it. Also, Old Spice Guy is making new videos, which I wasn’t aware of till just now. So let’s make that, say, 80-90 percent definitely a publicity stunt. But that’s…whatever, now I’m distracted by the Old Spice Guy’s striking brown eyes.

Justin Bieber & the Top 5 Celebrity Boos

New York Knicks fans showed Justin Bieber their true colors last night, booing the 16-year-old pop star when his image graced Madison Square Garden’s JumboTron. For Bieber fans, it must have been a shocking, WTF moment. But for everyone else, it was solid, clean fun. Who doesn’t enjoy watching someone who’s used to the adulation of millions try and smile through the humiliation of a mass public rejection? We sure do, whether they deserve it or not. In fact, we love it so much that we’d like you to join us as we relive the five best instances of famous people facing the wrath of an anonymous crowd.

Sarah Palin gets booed at a Philadelphia Flyers game: Introduced as “The best-known hockey mom in the United States,” Palin was instantly showered with boos as she walked to center ice for the ceremonial puck drop. Palin getting booed by an East Coast crowd is no surprise, but Palin getting booed by a bunch of misogynist tow heads? Now that’s shocking.

Kanye West gets booed at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: What makes this video so neat is its amateur-style authenticity. You really get a sense of the hatred being spewed at West, and when the crowd stars chanting “Taylor,” well, that’s the kind of creativity that even Kanye can appreciate.

Ashlee Simpson gets booed at the Orange Bowl: This performance all but ended the younger Simpson’s singing career, and you get the feeling that she knew it.

Hillary Clinton gets booed during a Primary debate: After Clinton scolds Obama for not taking responsibility for his votes, it’s hard to imagine the two of them working together in perfect harmony today. Then the boos kick in, and it becomes clear the crowd — and the country — would choose the irresponsible teenager over his overbearing mother any day.

Kathy Griffin gets booed by U.S. troops: Griffin loves to be hated, and boos are music to her ears, especially when it’s coming from the people who are defending her freedom. After making a joke about Bristol Palin’s weight, the comedian welcomes the crowd’s wrath, and like the devoted service men and women they are, they happily oblige.

Where Famous People Eat: Ryan Gosling, Howard Stern, & Kathy Griffin

● Ryan Gosling at the Blue Valentine premiere: I have a restaurant in Beverly Hills called Tagine. I’m biased, but I think it’s very good! ● Bobby Flay at Food Network’s opening of Barney’s holiday windows: We love The Breslin. I eat at Keith McNally’s places a lot. In L.A., Bazaar, Jose Andres’s place, where I order the classic tapas. ● Morimoto at Food Network’s opening of Barney’s holiday windows: I’m going to open a new restaurant in Tribeca that will close at 4 a.m. – no Japanese, no sashimi, no sushi. I don’t know when I’ll open it.

● Rob Schneider at the Friars Club Roast for Quentin Tarantino: Candle 79. It’s a vegetarian restaurant, but you would never know it. Everything’s awesome. ● Cheech Marin at the Friars Club Roast for Quentin Tarantino: Milos is a great Greek restaurant for the baked fish in salt. They have a restaurant in Montreal, too. ● Kristin Chenoweth at the Friars Club Roast for Quentin Tarantino: Joe Allen’s. ● Eli Roth at the Friars Club Roast for Quentin Tarantino: Pizzeria Mozza in L.A.. ● Howard Stern & Beth Ostrosky at the Friars Club Roast for Quentin Tarantino: Daniel, for the black sea bass with the potato. ● Kathy Griffin at the Friars Club Roast for Quentin Tarantino: Mon Ami Gabi in Vegas.