This image seems to be regarded as having gone a bit too far:
Any number of left wing celebs have registered their disgust at it. CNN, who employ her, have distanced themselves from Kathy Griffin, who is holding up the bloody, severed head of Donald Trump. She herself has apologised too. “I went too far.”
I suppose that one obvious association it makes is with the murderous butchers of ISIS. Kathy Griffin is an ISIS murderer. CNN is ISIS. Anyone who applauds this image is a member or supporter of ISIS.
But any number of people have been calling for the murder of Donald Trump. Kathy Griffin isn’t the first. She’s one of many. She was just a bit more graphic than the others.
And it wasn’t as if it was just her. She’s just the actress playing a role in a movie which has been carefully choreographed, beautifully shot, edited, produced, and broadcast. There were probably hundreds of people involved in creating it, including whoever made the head, and whoever painted on the blood. Lots of people all nodded it through.
It’s exactly like the 10:10 No Pressure video which had global warming sceptic schoolkids being bloodily blown to bits. That was also met with horror and disgust, and rapidly withdrawn.
Perhaps it’s the sight of blood? Perhaps it wasn’t so much the murder of Donald Trump that was objectionable, but the bloody murder of him. If Kathy Griffin had been holding up a nice clean head of Trump, that would have been okay.
Another association is with the crucified Christ. That’s another iconic, bloody image. And they realised that they’d shot themselves in the foot by making Trump into a crucified Christ, with whom people might sympathise.
How far do they have to go with their war on smokers before they go too far? Smokers have been exiled to the outdoors, their tobacco taxed to the hilt, their tobacco packets covered in obscene images and insults. Smokers are being fired from their jobs, refused medical treatment. No political party will speak up for them. They are not allowed to appear on TV. They are subjected to open contempt and hatred.
Perhaps it’ll only be when the bloody head of some dead smoker appears in the media that there will be any revulsion felt for what is being done to them?
Closely related is Jumping The Shark:
Jumping the Shark is the moment when an established long-running series changes in a significant manner in an attempt to stay fresh. Ironically, that moment makes the viewers realize that the show’s finally run out of ideas. It’s reached its peak, it’ll never be the same again, and from now on it’s all downhill.
There seems to be some threshold where continuing in some direction fails to win any more dividends, and becomes counter-productive. And those who are doing it can’t see that they’ve gone too far until they actually have gone too far, and are met with dismay and condemnation they hadn’t expected. And they all fall over themselves as they retreat and apologise for what they have done, although none of them really understands where they went wrong. Everybody else was doing the same thing. Why pick on us?
The video and the apology: