Happy Saturday morning.
I know everyone in the outrage industry has moved on to the Comey testimony and whether or not Donald Trump's actions asking for him to end his Russia investigation amounted to obstruction of justice.
As it should, but can we jump back to the Kathy Griffin thing? For just a moment?
I know this is old news, but with hindsight being 20/20, maybe we should all take a moment to admit that we weren't that offended by it.
To be clear, I'm not simply saying that I wasn't offended by it, which I wasn't. I'm literally going a step further and saying that those who say they were offended by it weren't really offended by it.
Why would they be?
Kathy Griffin is a comedian who hates Donald Trump. The joke, I'm guessing, is that she hates Donald Trump so much that she wishes she could cut off his head.
"Hey, look at her! Ha ha! She really does hate him. She cut his head off! Get it?"
"That's stupid," Trump supporters and liberals who feel compelled to be fair to both sides will say. On that point, they are right.
But enough of the righteous indignation where people act like if they had to condemn racially-motivated attacks against Barack Obama that included nooses that you have to condemn Kathy Griffin's joke just as harshly.
You don't. They aren't the same thing.
Obama in a noose wasn't just simply an attack on Obama, the man. It was an attack designed to mock the millions of black Americans who have faced discrimination and violence simply because of the color of their skin. The people who took part in those lines of attack went after the hopes and dreams of millions of African Americans in one of the cruelest, most-demeaning ways possible.
Kathy Griffin went after one guy with a dumb joke that was over the top and not funny.
Do I feel sorry for her? Not terribly. The crying press conference was a bit much. I'm not a Donald Trump fan, but it's not his fault Kathy Griffin posed with his severed head. Given our polarized politics, she should have known the reaction she got was going to be what it was.
But this post isn't so much about her as it is the millions who piled on with their contributions to the outrage machine, wasting what can only amount to gazillions of hours in lost productivity talking about something that didn't matter.
In the grand scheme of things, did this really deserve the attention we gave it?
Next time, let's reserve our collective outrage on something that will make a difference.
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