Political/cultural animosity has, in recent years, ramped up to such a degree that it has become close to impossible to separate people’s socio-politcal viewpoints from the details of who they are as individuals. This is most easily seen in celebrities and people of notice, such as Kathy Griffen, whose hatred of the current administration and everything associated with it burns so brightly it could be seen from space.
At a recent event at a Trump rally, taking place at one of his properties, someone fired up a doctored clip from the film ‘The Kingsmen’, the church battle scene featuring Collin Firth. Firth’s face was altered, covered with images of Trump’s visage, while his numerous victims’ faces were replaced with outspoken celebrity critics and news agency logos’ images. Griffen’s face was among them.
She took exception, loudly, largely via Twitter. She sought condemnation and the punishment of the person responsible for making the snippet.
How quickly she seemed to have forgotten her own photo of artistic statement, holding a replica of a decapitated Trump head.
She was fired from her gigs with CNN as a consequence, and nobody has forgotten that. What they do seem to have forgotten, however, was their various defenses of what she did, that it was artistic expression, and should therefore be protected.
I agree with that sentiment; she should not have lost her gig with CNN. Nor should whoever made this altered snippet be fired from their job.
And before you jump in with ‘They did it to our side, we need to do it to theirs’, let me remind you that so many of you Griffen supporters claim to be better than your ideological opposites. If you want to PROVE you’re better, don’t stoop to their tactics of the past.
If we all silence each other, artistic expression, regardless of message or motive, will die out. I don’t want to live in that world.