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The Genius of Kathy Griffin’s Intentionally Inflammatory Photo Shoot

More than a few of you might have (by now) come across news, photos or video clips showing the controversial photo shoot by Kathy Griffin holding what resembles a bloody severed head with vague resemblance to Donald Trump. Predictably many on the right have blown their gasket or are pretending to be offended. A few like Mike Cernovich, aka one of Thiel’s butt boys, are even celebrating making CNN say that they won’t have her on their new year show. Frankly, I find all of this funny and predictable. But that is not the real story..

The real story is how Kathy Griffin, an otherwise forgettable but clever celebrity, has played the system like a maestro.

Not sure what I am talking about? Let me explain. Kathy Griffin, you see, is no newcomer to the entertainment and celebrity scene. She has been in the entertainment industry with a high degree of regularity since at least the early 1990s. Her career longevity is even more remarkable when you consider huge premiums on youth and looks in the entertainment industry. My point is that she is very good at playing the game of getting hired and remaining relevant. So you can be sure that she has done her homework before doing yesterday’s controversial photo shoot.

So why did she do a photo shoot which was certain to raise hell and result in some temporary setbacks? What is she trying to achieve? What does she hope to gain? And how is she playing the system? Well.. let me explain.

1] Kathy Griffin understands her real employers very well. She know that pretty much everyone with any real hiring power in the entertainment sector detest Donald Trump as a president. She also knows that those same people also have nothing but contempt for all those flyover country rubes who voted for Trump. In other words, the people with real hiring power in that sector are not going to boycott her. If anything, her little controversy is going to elicit their admiration and support behind closed doors resulting in more employment- not less. Face it, she just did what many of them would have loved to do in person but did not or could not.

2] She also understands that her core audience, and major source of income from performances, live in affluent coastal states who vote heavily for democrats. Once again, she put into her photo shoot what a majority of her audience already think and say behind closed doors. While she might lose a few gigs in flyover country, the number of gigs in coastal states will not be affected except perhaps in the very short-term. Once Trump does a few more stupid and unpopular things, nobody is going to care about the offensiveness of that particular photo shoot.

3] Her photo shoot went after the most controversial and generally unpopular president in living memory. You might remember that many more people have marched against Trump after he was elected than have attended his inauguration. Furthermore, the USA as a country is more polarized and divided today than at any time in living memory. Also, many hardcore democrats are aware of how republicans encouraged similar gestures against Obama when he was elected in 2008 and 2012. Consequently, Kathy knows that she is not going to lose the majority of her loyal audience. In fact, it is likely that she will become more popular and richer because of that stunt.

4] Republicans living in flyover country do not count for much (if anything) as far as their discretionary income is concerned. Consequently their disapproval or willingness to boycott is largely meaningless. People in the entertainment sector are far more concerned about antagonizing sensibilities of consumers in China than of those living in flyover country. We can certainly talk about whether this is fair or not, but we cannot deny that those living in flyover country no longer have power to influence the course of popular culture in USA. They just have not accepted it yet.

To summarize, Kathy Griffin recent controversial photo shoot was a clever and calculated move. She knew exactly what she was doing, where it would lead to, what short-term problems would arise from it and how it would improve her long-term prospects. She played the system, especially internet outrage from the alt-right types, like a pro. You do not have to like somebody to appreciate the quality of their scheming, cynicism and deviousness.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. May 31, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Kathy Griffin also correctly reckons that even though this is a crime under the Patriot Act she will not be prosecuted. Anyone doing this to Obama or any of the Clintons would have been arrested by now.

  2. May 31, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    this will likely make you laugh…


    I plan to soon write a post or two about the global warming scam.. in addition to what I have previously written on that subject.

  3. June 1, 2017 at 9:39 am

    “She also understands that her core audience, and major source of income from performances, live in affluent coastal states who vote heavily for democrats.”

    WRONG. Democrat-voters don’t have spending power. Republicans on average have much higher spending-power than democrats:

    It is quite easy to create any “statistic” showing for example that most republicans are child molesters and animal fuckers. I suggest you look at real life.. u know, things like do average cost of houses, numbers of luxury cars, number of luxury stores, still busy malls etc. Also that repulsive woman beat Trump in almost every single affluent county in USA.

    Financially, Republicans fare better than either Democrats or Independents, and tend to identify themselves as such. Republican candidates gain a significantly higher percentage of votes from individuals with incomes over $50,000 per year, and the advantage increases along with the income level, to a height of 63 percent of individuals earning $200,000 or more a year supporting Republicans. This level is the direct inverse of individuals earning less than $15,000 a year, who support Democrats at 63 percent and Republicans at only 36 percent. Republicans also express a much higher level of satisfaction with their personal financial situation than either Democrats or Independents. Before the U.S. economy’s downturn, an all-time high of 81 percent of Republicans expressed satisfaction with their personal financial situation. That number dropped to 61 percent in 2009, but it is still significantly higher than the corresponding 52 percent of Independents and 49 percent of Democrats. A much larger proportion of Republicans than Democrats also identify themselves as “haves” versus “have-nots.”

    Creating fake and bullshit stats and scientific-sounding reports is ludicrously easy. I know..

    “You might remember that many more people have marched against Trump after he was elected than have attended his inauguration.”

    WRONG. These are PAID (Soros-funded) protests, not grassroots protests.
    sputniknews .com/us/201702021050292146-soros-anti-trump-protests/

    That Soros guy has really unlimited resources, doesn’t he? Wonder where he hides his .. gold. Hey moron.. if you want to anti-semitic, you might want to at least display some creativity. Then again creativity is not the strong point of right wingers like you.

    “People in the entertainment sector are far more concerned about antagonizing sensibilities of consumers in China than of those living in flyover country.”

    WRONG. Trump is yuugely popular in China.
    fortune .com/2016/05/30/donald-trump-popular-china/

    As entertainment.. sure. Trump is a one man reality show of the likes our world has not yet seen. As a president.. he is seen as a clown who got lucky. But you can believe whatever you want..

    • Right wingers are human garbage
      June 2, 2017 at 6:15 am

      Stfu shit poor right winger,go back to cleaning toilets.

      • hans
        June 3, 2017 at 5:11 am

        .. well don´t cha?
        Ya little fagget.. 😉

        Garbage can be composted into something useful, unlike right-wingers.

  4. WRONG
    June 1, 2017 at 10:10 am

    List of Donald J. Trump’s successful businesses:

    http:// i.imgur.com/ SKBitNQ.jpg

    Trump got most of his money from his dad. Apart from his real-estate and name-licensing ventures, he has lost money in pretty much everything else.

    Also splitting one real estate business into 20 LLCs and claiming them as independent business is, for all practical purposes, bullshit.

    Here are a couple of actual rags-to-riches stories of real entrepreneurs.



    You know what.. keep on believing in your own CONservative delusions. Just don’t expect others to care about them.

  5. ant
    June 1, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    for the TDLR crowd: She’ll be all right.

    • hans
      June 3, 2017 at 5:09 am

      ..and she 5d-chessed the shit out of everybody.
      Because she´s such a smart cookie..

      What she did is 3d chess.. barely.

  6. Right wingers are human garbage
    June 2, 2017 at 6:16 am

    I’d love to hear what you have to say about global warming.

  7. June 2, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    looks like the ‘roids finally rotted libertarian tough guy Joe Rogan’s brain…

    Well.. but isn’t that the case for all serious believers in libertarianism?

  8. June 3, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Of course there wasn’t this much fake outrage when Ted Nugent suggested he’d take out Obama.

  9. June 3, 2017 at 12:28 pm

  10. Indians Are Subhuman
    June 3, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    This post sure didn’t age well, and it’s only been 4 days. Can’t expect much from a shitskin.

    Wanna bet if Trump remains president for his full term? The reality is that there are more people in USA who agree with that woman (however cynical she might be) than strongly support that blowhard.

    BTW, I see CONservative whites, and others, as less than subhuman (you read that right). So, you are wasting your time trying to argue about that with me. At best, retards like you can sometimes be amusing.

  11. Someone
    June 10, 2017 at 4:49 am

    As a Trump voter, he was not my first choice, but Hildebeast and her husband are the kind of trash that has long since putrefied and needs to be buried. You sorry Eurotards who think only hicks voted for Trump show your Eurotard ignorance and stupidity. But hey, keep letting in all those turd worlders to support your collapsing pinko commie systems.

    Amerika is not perfect either, but as a peon we did not have much choice. Trump may be co opted by the deep state, but some us were just looking to buy some time.

  12. neoconned
    June 14, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Kathy Griffin would have helped herself immensely if she would have just taken the heat silently and not cried publicly that her career was being ruined. She works at a level where the competition is fierce and the rules essentially non-existent. She’s been in it long enough to know this. I think the crying about the feedback hurt her career more than the feedback itself, because she’s shown that she can’t take the heat for taking a stand.

  13. thegenius
    June 16, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Hollywood elites hate Trump because they know in their heart how fragile the US economy is, they know that even a slight misstep may cause the whole system to crumble into ashes along with their own wealth and privilege. Elites love the status quo and hate the unpredictable.

  14. thegenius
    June 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm


  15. Death 2 White Cis Man Animals
    April 2, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Subhuman inbred blue collar flyover country scum should be permanently stripped of all voting rights. They are holding the rest of the country back from the Superior Future.

  1. June 3, 2017 at 12:18 pm

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