Necessary Open Letter to Kathy Griffin

Dear Kathy,

I am so, so sorry this has happened to you. I respect your work and your edge. My son in Hollywood, who pays much more attention, agrees. We see in you much goodness.

I found some significance in the fact that CNN fired you the same day that Trump withdrew from the Paris Accords. You beheaded the president facetiously–is that not clear?, while he beheaded a global effort to control global warming.

You tell me what was bad that day.

And be proud.

I’ve always (by the way) thought you’ve been much too nice to Anderson Cooper, who’s quite backward politically, actually.

He’s like a little boy with white hair who’s all warm and fuzzy. He has this sympathetic voice that cracks at just the right moment, and he’s so smiley and he seems to love everybody–including you. But he hasn’t really had a difficult life, except for the malaria in Kenya when he was 17, and his mom is, well, Gloria Vanderbilt. There is no critical edge to his analysis of anything, just sometimes an appropriately quivering voice and winning smile.

So of course he’s going to tweet: “I am appalled,” etc. Jesus.

By declaring that what you’d done was “clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate” he was throwing you under the bus. But had he stood by you, like Jim Carrey, he might have felt threatened himself.

If you like hanging out with smiley 50-year-old gay male celebrities on New Year’s eve, there are surely ones who are not appalled at all.

More importantly, there are all kinds of other people who will support you.

Anyway don’t let this get you down too much. It’s only castles burning.

 

Sincerely,

Gary Leupp

Gary Leupp is Professor of History at Tufts University, and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Religion. He is the author of Servants, Shophands and Laborers in in the Cities of Tokugawa JapanMale Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan; and Interracial Intimacy in Japan: Western Men and Japanese Women, 1543-1900. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, (AK Press). He can be reached at: gleupp@tufts.edu

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