Remember how HRC wants Kathy Griffin to be the face of the movement? Well, who would have seen any problem with putting a straight woman who's built an entire career off insulting others because she's constitutionally incapable of going five minutes without making one of her four or five sex jokes in charge of our image? I mean, no one could have seen something like this coming:
In case you missed it, on this week's "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," the mouthy reality star was being quizzed about her political knowledge by CNN's smug marrieds John King and Dana Bash.
"Who is that guy," King asked Kathy as he held up a photo of Brown.
"Scott Brown, who is a senator from Massachusetts and has two daughters that are prostitutes," Griffin said proudly as King, a Dorchester homey, appeared horrified and his wife laughed.
At that point, the TV screen froze and Griffin narrated the following onscreen scroll: "And now a brief message from Bravo's Legal Team: Scott Brown's daughters ARE NOT prostitutes. We now return you to our regularly scheduled negativity."
That's funny because...?
And of course no one would have thought this could happen:
At HRC's Rhode Island Avenue NW headquarters, Griffin is run through talking points on the DADT debate. Every time she tries to crack a joke, her Washington handlers pretend to glower at her. Accompanied by HRC head Joe Solmonese to Frank's office, Griffin tells the congressman that "I need [DADT] to be repealed by Thursday, because I'm leaving Friday" and if it's not, "that's a bitter pill to swallow."
"My guess, Kathy, is it's not the only pill you've swallowed this week," the Massachusetts congressman replies. The air in the room goes staler than normal.
"It's obvious I'm bombing [with Frank]," Griffin says later. "He doesn't know when 'American Idol' is on? He doesn't care about Liza Minnelli? How is this guy even gay?"
In the car, Griffin tells a Roll Call columnist that she's on her way to "meet with a big queen named James Clyburn." The next day, when Roll Call comes out, the dourpusses at HRC are none too pleased with that quote and ask her to call Clyburn's office and apologize.
It's all theater and the episode pokes along, proving once again the dreary effects that Washington can have on reality TV. Moreover, Griffin's constant jokes about her ardent fan base, "the gays" (as she calls them), start to wear thin. She thinks references to Cher, Liza, bathhouse sex and lesbian golf are still hilarious and fresh. (And why wouldn't she? Everywhere she goes, it seems there are gays and lesbians ready to cackle at her routines.)
This is just embarrassing. I don't know what HRC sees in Kathy Griffin - however much their staffers or board may like her, she's just not cut out for this kind of work. She's not invested in the policy, much less understand it, and she doesn't seem to get the politics much either (who cares if she's "bombing" with Barney Frank? Does anyone believe he'd vote against DADT repeal?).
Anyway, Frank took this moment to scold her about the comment about Scott Brown's daughters:
And while I don't usually feel compelled to comment on what various entertainers do, since you did include me in that show I wanted to make it very clear that I thought what you did was wholly unfair and inappropriate. It's the kind of thing that makes it less likely that I or others can cooperate with you in the future.
I think a grown adult who needs that explained to her repeatedly shouldn't be put in charge of DADT lobbying, and, by extension, made an important voice on other LGBT issues in Congress and in the media.
There's something with the gays and wanting to have a famous straight face smile upon them. As much as I'd like to see that aspect of community media and advocacy gone, could someone meet me half-way here and just get rid of Kathy Griffin? Even I'm offended by her fag joke routine.