23 September 2007

Kathy Griffin, etc

"Christian theater troupe scolds Griffin":

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. - Members of a Christian theater troupe are spreading the word that they're irate about Kathy Griffin'


In accepting the Emmy for her Bravo reality show, "My Life on the D-List," 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!"


Griffin's comments have also drawn ire from the Catholic League, an anti-defamation group that called on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to "denounce Griffin's obscene and blasphemous comment" at the Sept. 9 ceremony. The E! channel chose to edit Griffin's speech when it aired the taped event last Saturday night.

Griffin, whose standup comedy shows often focus on mocking and dishing on celebrities, issued a statement through her publicist in response to the Catholic League's criticisms, indicating her statements were meant as a joke.

"Am I the only Catholic left with a sense of humor?" she said in the statement.

Notwithstanding the fact that Griffin is a lapsed Catholic and not an active one, this whole debacle only provides more evidence for my theory that (on average) Protestants are tacky and gauche compared (on average) to Catholics.

What is the essence of tackiness? The essence of tackiness is the total permeation of all activity by overzealous and petty concern coupled with a suitably grandiose purported mission. Gaudiness is quickly reduced when tempered with humor or sarcasm. Many conservative Protestants are lacking in this department.

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