Our elites only seem
to scream in terror
when the effigy
being desecrated is
that of a wealthy
The American Spark
Corporate Elites Have One Standard For Griffin, Another For
By Cliff Montgomery - May 31st, 2017
Effigy: A roughly made model of a particular person, made in
order to be damaged or destroyed as a protest or expression of
anger. - Google Dictionary
Comedienne and actress Kathy Griffin is receiving a lot of heated attention for performing an act of protest
on an effigy of Donald Trump - an action which essentially is a mirror image of similar acts performed by
Trump supporters on effigies of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
The apparent message from America’s corporate media? It’s fine to desecrate, mistreat and abuse effigies of
black or female politicians - but it’s a sheer atrocity to do such a thing to an effigy of a wealthy white man.
Was Griffin’s protest tasteless? Perhaps. But if that’s so, then publicly hanging an effigy of Hillary Clinton next
to a well-traveled interstate in Oregon is just as disturbing. A man named Billy Pitner did just that last Septem-
ber during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Pitner apparently felt that Clinton was guilty of
“treason,” and brazenly hung an effigy of
Clinton from a large crane to express his
feelings. The Trump supporter dressed the
effigy in a pink bra and a blonde wig, and next
to it hung signs which said “Vote Trump,”
“Uranium One” and “Treason? Ask Her.”
When local reporters asked Pitner about his
action, he crowed:
“I’m allowed to have my feelings, right, wrong
or indifferent. Here you are. Got your attention
Uranium One is a company that, according to Foundation also received generous donations from Uranium One’s chairman and others connected to the
Scopes, controls up to one-fifth of all U.S.
uranium production. A number of Russian
business-people became interested in the
company and bought a controlling interest in
the firm; then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton approved of the deal. Her Clinton
company. The donations totaled well over $2 million, according to the New York Times.
It’s not known what Mr. Pitner thinks of Trump’s Russian ties. Regardless, no one seemed immediately
interested in punishing the Trump supporter for his public hanging of the Hillary Clinton effigy.
“Neither the U.S. Secret Service [nor] the [local Oregon] police department have yet responded to our request
for comment,” stated Snopes.
Then last October - just days before the presidential
election - Trump supporters gleefully provided
American citizens another tasteful protest via effigy.
“An effigy depicting Hillary Clinton with a noose
around her neck dangled above the crowd cheering
on a Donald Trump rally in North Carolina on
Wednesday,” declared NBC News.
“The effigy is just the latest example of the violent
imagery and anti-Clinton sentiment emerging out of
the presidential election,” added the news source.
“Earlier this week, Trump
supporters took a model of
Clinton’s head and mounted it
on a stake,” continued the
October 2016 report from
“A separate poster found in
the crowd at Virginia Beach
depicted a bull’s-eye trained
on the Democratic nominee’s
face,” stated the news report.
But when a reporter asked
the lady at the North Carolina
rally - Trump supporter Ginger
Glover - if she really wanted
Hillary Clinton killed, she said
“It’s just for effect,” admitted Glover.
And let’s not give readers the impression that Trump supporters and similar right-wing storm-troopers have
wasted all their charm on America’s ladies. Oh no, during the 2016 election they revealed a similar readiness
to use effigies of then-President Barack Obama to vent all the pent-up anger that comes with the occasional
dashed expectation of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant privilege.
And you know what’s best about such
displays? They in no way remind decent people
of the lynchings the forefathers of these
protesters almost certainly employed on black
So Trump supporters are happy to employ that same freedom to anyone else. But that’s expected. After all, that is always the position of hypocrites.
violent and intimidating images to express their
personal feelings, but absolutely refuse to offer
We at the American Spark have no problem with people declaring white-hot outrage at the images produced
by Ms. Griffin’s protest. But we do insist that our corporate elites in the media and in the White House apply
the same standard for free expression that they happily employ for Trump supporters.
No double standards, boys and girls. One standard will do just fine.
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