Kathy Griffin admits “It’s all for a joke” during a June 14th appearance on “The View” when Elisabeth Hasselbeck asks about negative comments she had previously made. The Griffin-Hasselbeck clash generated the buzz Griffin craves as the sixth season of her Bravo show “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” begins, with the requisite coverage by Zap2it, TVSquad, the usually newsier Mediaite, NY Post, and of course gossip blogger Perez Hilton.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, visibly annoyed throughout the Griffin appearance, referenced but did not cite a 2008 Windy City Times interview, in which Griffin called Hasselbeck “a [expletive] Survivor reject”. Apparently, the irony of the comment never struck Griffin as while Hasselbeck parlayed participation on reality show Survivor: The Australian Outback into a show biz career–as Bethenny Frankel noted during her own recent View appearance, Griffin’s career degenerated to the point where a reality show about second-tier celebrity proved a promising career move.
Hasselbeck made a mistake in not realizing that all of Kathy Griffin’s actions and words serve her attention-seeking behavior to advance her career, echoing an “It’s really just shtick” quote from a recent USA Today interview.
During the course of her View appearance, Kathy Griffin could not condemn Perez Hilton’s questionable distribution of compromising pictures of an underaged Miley Cyrus–in fact, she joked that she would use the “photoshop excuse”–due to her own history of underaged targets including mis-recalling the balloon boy’s as an expletive during CNN’s New Year’s eve and telling celebrities on Golden Globe red carpet that Dakota Fanning entered rehab. Clearly, Griffin believes minors prove to be fair game in career advancement.
Further, Griffin would never consort with Levi Johnston without the Sarah Palin connection. She should skip the middle men, hang out with Tony Rodham (the original Sarah Ferguson) or do lines with Roger Clinton to get access to the former First Couple.
Griffin also maintains she opposes the military’s policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, however she received compensation and free promotion performing in USO tours for the military. While defenders may point that her performance for the troops could be a condemnation of the policy, the USO in a private non-profit organization contracted by the government, largely funded by taxpayers and charitable contributions. So, if Griffin intended to ‘stick it to the man’, she missed.
Further, when Griffin and Human Rights Campaign invited gay military activist Lt Dan Choi to a protest she was filming for her reality show, he felt betrayed that they were unwilling to sacrifice for the cause while he spoke out and was arrested chaining himself to the White House fence in protest of DADT. Principled activists like Choi, condemns the mainly PR nature of much of the gay activism which the blog Queerty refers to as “Gay Inc”.
Unfortunately, for Hasselbeck she either wasn’t aware or didn’t acknowledge the cynical nature of Kathy Griffin in her never-ending quest for publicity.