It remains to be seen if things will ever get back to normal for comedian Kathy Griffin, whose gory attempt at political commentary has backfired in a huge way.
She has apologized, and she has been fired from her annual gig hosting a New Year’s Eve show on CNN. But she still lists five comedy gigs on her web site, kathygriffin.net, including two in New Jersey: Nov. 3 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, and Nov. 4 at BergenPAC in Englewood. Tickets to both these shows have gone on sale already.
(Update: The two shows have now been cancelled.)
What will she do? It will be interesting to see.
She’s got to, at the very least, address the controversy at her shows. Her comedy is based on being brutally honest about everything, including her own life. She can’t just ignore it.
Maybe she will turn the shows into fundraisers for an anti-terrorism or anti-violence organization. Or maybe she will just cancel. I would imagine we’ll see her on television soon, doing an interview in which she apologizes further, and asks forgiveness. But she hasn’t done so, yet.
For what its worth, the show’s event page on the State Theatre’s web site has, as of this morning, 28 comments, all vehemently arguing that the show should be cancelled. (The BergenPAC web site’s event page does not have a comments section.)
There are also numerous calls for the show to be cancelled on the Facebook event page for the State Theatre show and the Facebook event page for the BergenPAC show.
Very few people, even on the left, are defending what Griffin did. But her apology was, I believe, sincere and uncategorical.
Was her offense so extreme that her career is going to be over? And does it matter that her fans realize, and have accepted so far, that she is a comedian who will often try to push the boundaries of what is acceptable?
Stay tuned. I have a feeling that this is an issue we’re going to be discussing for a while. The irony is that Kathy Griffin — who has, in her career so far, worked extremely hard to be someone that people are talking about — is now, I’m assuming, wishing that everyone would find another topic.