WASHINGTON – Long before comedian Kathy Griffin trashed President Donald Trump, holding up a mock image of his bleeding head, she did something at least one Christian comedian says ruined her career.
Griffin’s real downfall, says Chonda Pierce, began in 2007 when she insulted Jesus at an awards show.
“So, now she wants to tear up and say Trump is ruining her career?” Pierce posted on Facebook. “(Is that yet another right-wing conspiracy!?) Sadly, I believe she started down that road of ruin in 2007.”
She also linked to a video of Griffin’s 2007 acceptance speech at the “Primetime Emmy Awards” where she targeted Jesus while collecting her award for best reality program for her Bravo channel show “My Life on the D-List.”
During her speech Griffin said, “A lot of people come up here and they thank Jesus for this award.”
“I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus,” she said. “He didn’t help me a bit. If it was up to him, Cesar Millan would be up here with that damned dog.”
Griffin continued, “So, all I can say is, suck it, Jesus! This award is my God now!”
Asked about her speech backstage a short time later, an unrepentant Griffin added, “I hope I offended some people. I didn’t want to win the Emmy for nothing.”
Pierce has been nominated for an Emmy Award and is often billed as a best-selling “clean comedian” and “The Queen of Clean.”
“I’m a comedian,” wrote Pierce. “I must own up to every word that comes out of my mouth. It’s not my job to ‘cross the line’ as Jim Carrey said in defending her,” the “Queen of clean” wrote on Facebook. “Comics can hold a mirror up to society, we can push the envelope, but there is always a boundary. And right or wrong, there will ALWAYS be consequences.”
Griffin created a national uproar when she posed for a photo holding a fake severed head of the president last week. Hours after posting the picture, she pulled the image down and apologized.
At a news conference Griffin held on Friday, the 56-year-old and her attorney, Lisa Bloom, accused Trump and his family of “using their power to target her” but could not provide any proof, except to say that some venues were canceling her shows and she was receiving backlash on Twitter, even from liberals, and her mother was refusing to speak to her.
Griffin was also fired by CNN and will no longer be hosting the cable network’s New Year’s Eve special with her friend, Anderson Cooper, who also said her ISIS-inspired beheading image was disgusting, which shocked Griffin, who thought Cooper would have supported what she did. She also lost an endorsement deal with Squatty Potty, a line of bathroom footstools.