Even though Kathy Griffin won her first Emmy over the weekend, she’ll still have something to talk about in her act. That’s because when the Creative Arts Emmys are broadcast Saturday on E!, her acceptance speech will be censored.
Upon winning this past Saturday, Kathy said, “Can you believe this shit? I guess hell froze over. … a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. So, all I can say is, ‘suck it, Jesus.’ This award is my god now.”
In its story, the Associated Press would not reprint the “suck it, Jesus” line, instead reporting that Kathy “went on to hold up her Emmy, make an off-color remark about Christ.” According to the AP, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said in a statement, “Kathy Griffin’s offensive remarks will not be part of the E! telecast on Saturday night.” ~Reality Blurred
This story has received a lot of attention this week, so here’s my take.
First… Christians who are offended by this need to lighten up. Of course this ruffles your feathers, but Griffin is an atheist. She was trying to get a reaction and she did. You making a big deal, calling her blasphemous and asking her to retract it only feeds the fire.
Second… Griffin is right. If people think that Jesus had ANYTHING to do or remotely even CARES about the Emmy Awards and who wins or who doesn’t… that’s just a little wacky. It’s like watching Joe Gibbs pray on the sideline Sunday as his team attempted the winning field goal (which they made dammit). That type of display is just embarrassing.
Jesus doesn’t give a damn about sports outcomes or Hollywood award shows or whether or not your musical equipment works during worship on Sunday morning… seriously he doesn’t. It’s all the same. Use your heads people.
Third… What is blasphemous in my opinion is those that accept awards or win the Super Bowl and thank Jesus, and then go out and live lives contrary to what they just proclaimed. And even if you are devout, it’s pious and self-absorbed to think that Jesus picked you to win the award or the game over others who may have been “praying” for the same thing.
I know, some of you are gonna say, “Why didn’t she say “Suck it Muhammed” or “Suck it Buddha”?? You know why? Because no one ever says “Thank you Muhammed” or “Thank you Buddha” for the exact same reason. It’s hip to love Jesus as long as speaking his name in public gets you what you want. Like popularity, an award or two, a warm fuzzy feeling or even something like the presidency of the United States.