Unfunny comedian Kathy Griffin, 62, has been suspended from Twitter for impersonating the platform’s new CEO, Elon Musk, without using the word ‘parody.’
Griffin had posted something with the user name “Elon Musk.” For the post, she had replaced her profile photo with one of the billionaire. Her handle was still her own, but the violation of Twitter’s impersonation policy was enough to get her banned.
It is doubtful that it had even occurred to the leftist that she could be banned. Everyone knows that only conservatives get banned from Twitter!
James Woods was among those who made hay from the turnabout:
In context maybe the greatest meme ever… pic.twitter.com/X5lfcmymf0
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 7, 2022
The comedienne must have laughed when she saw it. After all, she knows that there is little in this world funnier than a bloody severed head, having posed for this menacing picture in 2019:
Hey it’s the crazy lady that cut trumps head off. We remember pic.twitter.com/QncqaViISt
— Orange Coffee Cup (@orangecupper) November 6, 2022
It is worth remembering that Griffin was neither questioned by the secret service nor banned from Twitter at the time. Both would have certainly happened if a conservative had pulled that stunt with a severed effigy of former President Barack Obama.
Musk’s response to Griffin’s violation was to post the news that she was banned for the impersonation. But he did so in a way that was undoubtedly much funnier than anything Griffin herself has ever said:
Actually, she was suspended for impersonating a comedian
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 7, 2022
But then he showed more humility and magnanimity than anyone at Twitter ever has:
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 7, 2022
Musk later said that Griffin would have to pay the $8 fee to use the new Twitter.
The Twitter policy states, “You may not impersonate individuals, groups, or organizations to mislead, confuse, or deceive others, nor use a fake identity in a manner that disrupts the experience of others on Twitter.”
There is an explicit exception for parody accounts, but they must clearly state that they are parodies. Like so:
— President Joe Biden (parody) ➐ (@JoeBidenPRDY) March 23, 2022
“If we determine a profile features another’s image, we will also evaluate the context in which the image is used,” the terms of service state. “We are most likely to take action if an account falsely claims to be the entity portrayed in the profile photo, as with impersonation or fake accounts.”
In the aftermath of her 2019 media stunt, Griffin complained that she had been blacklisted.
“I am in the middle of a Hollywood blacklist. It is real. I am not booked on any talk shows. When I get home I do not have one single day of paid work in front of me,” she said.
You might have thought about that before doing something so monumentally foolish, m’lady.
“I know I took a picture that offended a lot of people,” Griffin said, “but this wall of crap has never fallen on any woman in the history of America like it has on me.”
Apparently, she felt that her free speech rights had been violated.
One Twitter user was good enough to explain to Kathy Griffin how free speech works.
Someone needs to photoshop this with Elon and Kathy Griffin. pic.twitter.com/oieCTVv0ac
— James Morrow (@pwafork) November 7, 2022
There have been more memes, of course. One example refers to the modern axiom, “f*ck around and find out” (i.e. unwanted consequences often follow reckless actions).
In 2020, leftists used the phrase as a warning to those who ignore progressive ideas and candidates, that doing so could lead to the reelection of Donald Trump and associated policy nightmares.
Here is the delicious updated version, played back upon the heads of the liberal twitterati:
— Mostly Peaceful Memes (@MostlyPeacefull) November 7, 2022
She found out.
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