I realize I can be an art nerd, and I certainly get the horrendous Daesh reality, but my first reaction to Kathy Griffin’s shtick was that it was a riff on Judith and Holofernes, a famous scene depicted by hundreds of artists from the middle ages to Donatello to Klimt, to name just a few.
Given all the depictions of assault on effigies of Obama, and our long American political tradition of all sorts of violent images, I find the rush to turn Griffin into a pariah both ignorant and excessive.
Yup, ignorant and excessive indeed!
LikeLiked by 1 person
…and I chose not to add the particularly gory version by the great Artemisia Gentileschi, a woman of genius who endured boorish insult and brutal assault.