The Uninspired Manifesto
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Kathy Griffin's Emmy Remarks Censcored
LOS ANGELES - Before Kathy Griffin won a creative arts Emmy last weekend for her reality show, "My Life on the D-List," she joked that an award would move her to the C-list.
She was right: "C" as in censored. The TV academy said her raucous acceptance speech will be edited when the event, which was taped, is shown Saturday on the E! channel. The main prime-time Emmy Awards air the next night on Fox.
"Kathy Griffin's offensive remarks will not be part of the E! telecast on Saturday night," the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said in a statement Monday.
In her speech, Griffin said that "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."
She went on to hold up her Emmy, make an off-color remark about Christ and proclaim, "This award is my god now!"
The comedian's remarks were condemned Monday by Catholic League President Bill Donohue, who called them a "vulgar, in-your-face brand of hate speech."
It certainly doesn't sound offensive, but network and cable television have always been pretty strict on any mention of god or jesus that could be construed as anti-semitic. It's the same reason Adult Swim censored the phrase 'Zombie Jesus' from that episode of Futurama.
The problem is that this will continue to happen as long as corporations are allowing themselves to be strong holed by people like Bill Donohue for fear off pissing of a small percentage of christians. By the way, you want to hear some real hate speech? How about some of the comments you made...
Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. -- [MSNBC, Scarborough Country, 12/8/04] “The gay community has yet to apologize to straight people for all the damage that they have done.” -- [MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, 4/11/05] Name for me a book publishing company in this country, particularly in New York, which would allow you to publish a book which would tell the truth about the gay death style. -- [MSNBC, Scarborough Country, 2/27/04]