Remember when comedienne Kathy Griffin held up a fake, bloodied Trump head and caught a wave of controversy to match the craziness? We barely do, either. It was in May 2017, and despite everything that has happened since, Griffin is still harboring ill feelings about the situation and projecting her frustration onto an unexpected actor – Don Cheadle.
A Twitter feud between the two stars began when Cheadle posted a photo of himself wearing a hat with the logo of social activism group Sleeping Giants. The organization aims to make bigotry and sexism less profitable by advocating for ad removal from problematic publications such as Breitbart.
In a seemingly triggered response, Griffin demanded to know where his voice was when media and the public were criticizing her for her decapitated Trump prop. She further questioned the Iron Man actor’s liberal loyalty and told Cheadle to “fear her.”
Oh GREAT Don. I will never forgive you for your nasty tweet the day my smear campaign started. You know it was a fucking smear campaign and you have never taken a moment to apologize. Some liberal you are. Yes, my memory is long my ex friend. Shame on you. I kept a list. Fear me.— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 15, 2019
Cheadle responded like many of us looking at the comment with a resounding “Huh?”
The comedienne buckled down, pushing the idea that she would have stood up for Cheadle had he been in the long-forgotten-by-most situation.
Huh? You’re a dick in real life, but believe it or not I truly hope what I went through never happens to you. Never. And if it did I would be the first in line to stand up for you, get my ass on television and do everything I could to defend you & the 1st amendment. It’s easy don— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 15, 2019
Over the initial surprise of the controversy’s resurfacing, Cheadle checked Griffin by letting her know they were never friends, and, had they been, he would have steered her away from the stunt before it happened.
“Had I been your ‘friend’ and you had asked my opinion, I would have said, ‘Kathy. For you[r] own sake, please do NOT,’” Cheadle tweeted. “The secret service doesn’t play around with sh*t like that no matter WHO the president is.”
sigh … ok, kathy. 1) we had one conversation on a flight about our mutual disgust for individual 1. i don't "friend" that quickly so we can't really be "exes." 2) had i been your "friend" and you had asked my opinion, i would have said, "kathy. for you own sake, please do NOT https://t.co/12enY2AQQt— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) January 15, 2019
depict yourself holding the bloody, severed head of the president, evoking daesh, daniel pearl and every other painful, disturbing memory associated with it, your first amendment rights notwithstanding." and had you said, "fkkk you, i'm doing it anyway," i would've said, "well— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) January 15, 2019
girl, be prepared to have the dogs sicced on you. the secret service doesn't play around with sh*t like that no matter WHO the president is. you're also risking your career for what i see as zero upside. just tell him to #diagf like i do." maybe you would have listened. doubt it.— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) January 15, 2019
3) taking every opportunity to oppose him and support those looking to unseat him, IS defending you albeit not your personal, cringe worthy photo-op. 4) apologize for a tweet!? ???????? …5) i'm sorry that you're still dealing with the aftershocks of your actions. it's egregious.— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) January 15, 2019
This is not the first time Griffin has called out a fellow star for not speaking up in her preferred manner.
In a June interview with USA Today, the 58-year-old went after Kevin Hart, positioning herself as a Trump-tackling champion and calling Hart’s lack of political commentary a “pussy move.”
“I do feel like this is such an anxiety-ridden time for everyone that there is a thirst for all kinds of comedy,” Griffin said.
“And look, if you want to not hear about Trump at all, go see Kevin Hart. He doesn’t mention Trump. I personally think that’s a pussy move because he’s a Black man. But I guess he’s selling more tickets than I ever will."
Will Griffin stop berating Black men about situations that do not involve them in the slightest? We shall see.
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