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Kathy Griffin on the "N" and "F" Words

Kathy Griffin, never one to hold back herself, holds comedians to different standards than TV actors when it comes to offensive language. In an interview with AfterElton she speaks out about the Isaiah Washington incident:

Griffin_1"I think it's hilarious that you can go to rehab for saying the F-word. I mean, what is it? A bunch of queens screaming at him? Saying, 'Oh, girl, no you didn't!' I just think that is funny. I mean, I think it is a good thing. You can't be calling someone a fag at work and stuff. Unless you're gay — in that case, have at it...I've only heard that Melissa Etheridge's wife [Tammy Lynn Michaels] sort of defended [him]. And, by the way, I read that in The Enquirer, so it's true! I guess she and Melissa are friends with him. I guess they've had him over for dinner with his kids or something, and she was like, 'Well, he never used that word around me.' I was like, 'Well, yeah, he's not gonna use it around you.' I will tell you this: I think when you're a serious actor on a big show like that [Grey's Anatomy], I think you do have to watch what you say. I think you will offend people and hurt people."

Griffin thinks comedians have the right to use the "N" and "F" words, and the audience will reach a verdict on whether or not it's appropriate:

"Michael Richards did a really stupid thing when he lost his s--- on stage screaming the N-word. It was a bad call, and it wasn't funny. He lost it. I don't know if he was just crazy or trying to be funny or racist or everything combined. [But] we do have the right to say those things. And audience members have the right to say, 'Buh-bye.' Or they have the right to go, 'This is OK.'"

Interview with Kathy Griffin [afterelton]

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  1. So...when are the "appropriate" times to use the words?

    Posted by: Lady Heather | Feb 13, 2007 3:31:16 PM

  2. LOVE. HER.

    Can't wait to see her in Boston tomorrow.

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 13, 2007 3:35:42 PM

  3. Here's one in the audience saying:

    Posted by: MikeM | Feb 13, 2007 3:40:14 PM

  4. I love that she is so open about being on the D-list, it's really funny the things she'll do just to get attention.

    Posted by: Jack! | Feb 13, 2007 3:44:08 PM

  5. I was at The View last week (it's fun) and Rosie takes questions during the commercials. The other three just sit there like old farts with hair and make-up people touching them up. BTW, Barbra Walters is really tiny and really old looking in person.

    When asked about the remark and the onslaught afterwards she said that he used the wrong word in a heated moment. He's very close friends with Melissa and Tammy and is at their home all the time. I tend to believe that it was a mistake. Very dumb mistake.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 13, 2007 3:44:20 PM

  6. Love her to death. She is hilarious.

    Posted by: kitkats99 | Feb 13, 2007 3:57:51 PM

  7. She makes a good point that some people can get away with saying things that other people can't. It all depends on the person and the time and place. She also makes a great point that the audience will decide... ain't that the truth when it comes to the entertainment world?

    Posted by: Shawn | Feb 13, 2007 4:21:32 PM

  8. Liking a pair of butch+femme lesbians and their kids has little to do with whether a guy might have a problem with "faggots." In my experience, most overt homophobes don't seem to be consistent enough to actually dislike lebians and fags equally mainly because they don't tend to have a principaled problem with homosexuals - it's usually just the ick factor. Thus, male homphobes seem to save all their disdain for faggots while not seeming too troubled by lesbian realities.
    Washington may or may not, in is heart of hearts be a homophobe. But saying he can't be a homophobe because he likes lesbians is like saying one can't be racist against blacks because one has lots of jewish friends.

    Posted by: kipp | Feb 13, 2007 4:47:46 PM

  9. Kathy Griffin is amazing and I look forward to seeing her in person at the Gay Porn Awards here in San Francisco next weekend. :)
    I've seen her and many other very smart comedians(Margaret Cho,Rosanne Barr,Joan Rivers,Alec Mapa and Jim David on Atlantis cruises over the years and they are all beyond hilarious and speak to a level of truthfulness that many people just can't handle in this world of duplicity and denial. Bravo to all of them.

    Posted by: ShawnSF | Feb 13, 2007 4:48:17 PM

  10. She is so pedestrian, and just plain unfunny-- and that voice...ugh.

    Posted by: Tom | Feb 13, 2007 4:57:22 PM

  11. ^^^ What Kipp said.

    Posted by: peterparker | Feb 13, 2007 5:14:30 PM

  12. Aside from the fact that Mr Washington is praying for a 3-way w his token lesbian friends, he is very well aware that most any lesbian worth her flannels would kick his N-azz clear to Pittsburgh if he threw the D-word at them.

    Gays are fair game for a straight black man.

    Posted by: zabadak | Feb 13, 2007 5:24:13 PM

  13. I don't know who is it (I live in Spain) she looks a tranny , is she?

    Posted by: Fernando | Feb 13, 2007 5:24:17 PM

  14. That's not a tranny, it's Andy Dick in drag.

    Posted by: Lionel Richtea | Feb 13, 2007 5:53:17 PM

  15. I was reading this not too long ago -

    Near the very bottom it reads - At the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night, Gannascoli said his co-stars on The Sopranos, including James Gandolfini, "were a little freaked out" by the gay story line and would use gay slurs behind the scenes, including the f-word "and worse."

    Now don't get me wrong, I am not defending Isaiah or anything. But why is it ok for some of the actors on the Sopranos to use the f-word and worse behind the scenes? I understand that Joe Gannascoli is straight, so maybe those words didn't effect him personally. But I still don't think it's right for anyone to say those kinds of hurtful things anyway, and get away with it! And from what I understand, Isaiah is in rehab for saying once what some of the Sopranos actors have been saying a whole bunch of times. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think that's fair.

    Posted by: ______ | Feb 13, 2007 7:56:45 PM

  16. Kind of odd that she would advocate someone using a slur, but, when she got played on Leno and was in tears, I guess that right to say what you feel in the context of a joke just didn't sit well with her, LOL! I still love ya D-lister, but, you are way off base on this one, sexist, racist and homophobic jokes have no place in a civilized society, and even less so while telling a "joke." And, is she a real woman? or, has she had a sex change? I guess that wouldn't bother her, depends on the crowd, and her feelings would never be hurt by anyone with such a innocent question LOL!

    Posted by: Luke | Feb 13, 2007 9:14:33 PM

  17. From the AfterElton interview:

    AE: Speaking of a not-so-friendly gay —
    KG: Ryan Seacrest? That was terrible!

    Homegirl never fails to go *there*. Haha.

    Posted by: moi | Feb 14, 2007 3:08:00 AM


    Posted by: Jack! | Feb 14, 2007 4:42:10 AM

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