Comedian Jokes About Trump Assassination, and Other Outrage
And Sarah Silverman proves why she probably shouldn't talk politics
Many celebrities infect today’s popular culture with their divisive and hypocritical rhetoric.
They don’t like the person who is in the Oval Office — and they certainly don’t like it when people outside their ivory towers disagree with them.
Celebrities aren’t the only ones with cultural voices.
However — celebrities aren’t the only ones with cultural voices. Welcome to the 10 weekly roundup by LifeZette of Hollywood ridiculousness and outrage.
Eddie Griffin, a comedian, wasn’t so funny when he joked about President Donald Trump’s assassination at a show in Dallas, Texas — the place, of course, where John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Griffin told the audience to do their job and kill the sitting president.
“Ya’ll took out one president, you need to take out another … Ya’ll need to put Trump into a convertible and take him out, or better yet, the driver should take him out,” said Griffin outrageously. Video of Griffin’s “jokes” were quickly going viral before social media sites seemingly purged them all — leading to more calls of bias by conservatives.
A comedian would never have gotten away with such an appalling “joke” during Barack Obama’s time in office. Instead of all videos being removed from the web, the offense would be scrawling across CNN and MSNBC on a constant loop for weeks.
Griffin is not the first to “joke” about the death of the president. Madonna previously said she’d thought about “blowing” up the White House, and former “Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich joked about Donald Trump’s 10-year old son, Barron, becoming the “country’s first homeschool shooter.” Griffin defended his comments on Twitter as “satire” and said the audience was responsive at the time of his performance.
Sarah Silverman, a comedian and vocal Donald Trump critic, mistook construction markings on the street for Nazi swastikas.
“Walking to get coffee saw these all over a sidewalk in the town I’m in. Is this an attempt at swastikas? Do neo nazis not have google?” wrote Silverman on Twitter.
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The spray-painted images were quickly identified as markings done by construction workers — and Silverman got an earful for her mistake.
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Silverman defended her mistake on Twitter, saying, “To the excited-to-pounce, smelly condescending c**** who say ima dummy 4 seeing swastikas in street markers: I’m seeing swastikas in everything fratboys. It started w Bannon’s rise & festered when trump decided not 2 mention Jews re the Holocaust,” she wrote in two tweets. So … her mistake was — Donald Trump’s fault?
Michael Moore — a filmmaker who once referred to military snipers as “cowards” — cannot let his Donald Trump obsession go. Through the new president, Moore has found a way to revive a career that died amid controversy and a refusal to criticize former President Obama.
“We demand that the weak & spineless Democrats bring Congress 2 a halt until investigative hearings are held & impeachment charges are filed,” tweeted Moore on Tuesday.
Donald Trump has held office for less than a month — and Moore is already promoting impeachment. He’s the kind of public figure whose only wish is to push ugly and divisive rhetoric.
And now we end on the positive note …
Scott Baio, the actor, had an interesting response to retailer Nordstrom, which dropped Ivanka Trump’s line of products from its stores. Many speculated the move by the retailer had more to do with politics than sales, since boycotts are being organized to force retailers to drop any products related to the Trump family, including the Grab Your Wallet campaign.
But Trump supporter Baio revealed through Twitter that he would be holding a little boycott of his own in response to Nordstrom’s decision. “Dear @Nordstrom NEVER AGAIN!” tweeted Baio, along with a picture revealing he had spent over $30,000 at the retailer in 2016.
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Baio taught Nordstrom an important lesson: Conservatives may not always be as loud or aggressive as their political rivals, but they have money to spend as well and can choose where they spend take that money.