Igor wrote:Something tells me if she had told MLK, Reagan, Obama, Kanye West, Bob Dylan, or a host of others to "Suck it" there would also have been a controversy.
Ditto Ducatista's and Shanedog's comments. Good comedy is about risk and pushing boundaries. That's pretty much Comedy 101.
But also - in what awards-show context would telling any of those people to "suck it" make sense?
People don't get onstage and say that any of the above-cited (I might add, non-imaginary) people are responsible for their accomplishments.
Frankly, I find such examples equally insulting - sincere or not.Igor wrote: Is there non-sincere thanking of God at these shows? Sure, but no more so than producers, co-stars, spouses, or parents.
One of the most annoying things in the world is when people say things like, "we never could have done it without God's help" or "we won that game because God was on our side." Why? Because as a human being (who, like Kathy Griffin, can assure you, gets no help from God, Jesus, Buddha, The Easter Bunny, The Flying Spaghetti Monster or any other Unseen Force) I'm insulted by the notion that without supernatural help, I'd never get anything done. People accomplish some pretty fucking amazing things and I'm unsure why we should share the credit with whatever deity happens to be popular in whatever culture we just happen to have been born into. (Do people who believe that God "is either actively or passively involved in [their] life" think he's also responsible for the accomplishments of Bollywood actors, Indonesian CEOs, Batswanan garbage collectors and Japanese cable TV stars? Doncha think those folks might be a wee bit insulted by that notion too?) This is one of the fundamental problems I've always had with religion: If something good happens, you thank The Lord; If something bad happens, He works in mysterious ways. Well, I think that's pretty much a cop-out. Seems to me if you're gonna credit God for your accomplishments, you oughta lay the blame on him for all the crap, too. What kind of sick mind believes that God would take time to help Stevie Wonder pen a Grammy-winning song but didn't lift a finger to stop the destruction of New Orleans?