Kathy Griffin wishes she had Dave Chappelle’s Teflon coating.
The My Life on the D-List comic is once again calling out for cancellation for more than five years after a photo of her with a bloodied, severed head of then-President Trump went viral in 2017.
“The hatred from the right was more intense than I would have thought, but not that surprising. But for the left wing to be so taken with this campaign against me was tough. It was just too much for me,” Griffin said in a Newsweek interview published Thursday.
The 62-year-old lost friends in the aftermath of the photo, including Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen. Then, she said, she saw other comics do what she thought were similarly offensive things without losing the way she did.
“When I see Dave Chappelle poking fun at the cancelation culture and saying, ‘If cancellations are like that, I love it.’ I’m like, ‘Dave, you didn’t get cancelled, honey. You’re fine,'” she told Newsweek. “You got in a little trouble for four seconds for making comments on a comedy special that some people saw as promoting bigotry towards transgender people. The Netflix guys supported you like everyone knew they would.”
And she didn’t limit her criticism to Chappelle.
“It’s frustrating for me because Chappelle, Joe Rogan, Kanye West and Elon Musk; None of them have ever been canceled or deleted, you need to calm down. Do they need clarity on what this looks like if it’s real? It’s 5½ years of lost income. It’s $2 million in legal fees. These guys, they all talk about it, but they have no idea.”
Griffin also spoke a bit more about her overdose on prescription Xanax and Vicodin, a June 2020 suicide attempt that she first revealed in August 2021.
“I’ve got my living revocable trust in order. I had all my ducks in a row. I wrote the note, the whole thing. And I was like, ‘I’ll just take some pills and just go to sleep,'” she said on Nightline at the time.
On Thursday, she told Newsweek: “I then overdosed on June 25, 2020 and went to the hospital in one of these psychiatric prisons. My joke is that now I have more in common with Britney Spears and Kanye West than I ever wanted.
“But I got the help I needed,” she added. “And now I’m going to AA even though I’m a pill girl.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-12-08/kathy-griffin-suicide-pills-trump-photo-cancel-culture Kathy Griffin says snub from left wing was ‘just too much’