Kathy Griffin was suspended from Twitter, but she was able to rejoin by using her deceased mother’s account.
“Free Kathy,” was the hashtag that was sent under Maggie Griffin’s Twitter account, which had been inactive since 2019 when the comic was seeking assistance after being hacked on Instagram and Facebook.
Griffin was permanently barred from Twitter on Sunday night after changing her identity and photo to match Musk’s and tweeting about the midterm elections. Griffin, tweeting as Musk, said, “After much lively debate with the girls in my life. I’ve determined that voting blue for their preferred candidate is only right (they’re also gorgeous girls, by the way). #VoteBlueToProtectWomen”
The suspension came after a number of prominent verified Twitter users, including comedians Kathy Griffin and Sarah Silverman, as well as actress Valerie Bertinelli, changed their account names to “Elon Musk” to demonstrate that Musk’s new plan to give blue verification checkmarks to anyone willing to pay $8 a month is flawed, allowing anyone with $8 to impersonate anyone else and potentially spread disinformation.
The comedian’s suspension sparked outrage, with people accusing the billionaire of stifling free expression and being too sensitive. “Free expression includes racism, but not making fun of you,” @brndxix said in response to Musk’s post, which received over 25,000 likes.
To make matters worse, Musk appeared to mock Griffin in his comments, tweeting, “Actually, she was suspended for impersonating a comic.” But she can have her account back if she really wants it. For $8.” Musk has stated that he is a “free-speech absolutist,” and that information on Twitter should not be restricted beyond what is required by law. Musk tweeted last week, after completing his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, “Comedy is now legal on Twitter.”
Musk stated in April, “I hope that even my worst opponents remain on Twitter since that is what free expression entails.”
In a 2019 interview with The Atlantic, Musk remarked, “Accurate and enjoyable satire is fundamental to a functioning democracy,” before adding, “Unless it’s about me.”
On Sunday, Musk defended himself against critics who believe his new enforcement mandate violates the free speech values he promotes. “My dedication to free expression extends even to not blocking the account following my plane, despite the fact that it poses a clear personal safety danger,” he said.
What Exactly Is Kathy Griffin?
Kathy Griffin is a comedian and actress best known for her biting views on celebrity culture.
Griffin has been involved in a number of issues in the past. Griffin’s outspoken comedy caused her to be barred from participating on various TV shows, including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The View.”
She was fired from an appearance on Disney’s “Hannah Montana” show due to a controversial victory speech when she won an Emmy for season two of “My Life on the D List” in 2007. Griffin was barred from performing at New York’s Apollo Theatre after using profanity in an Octomom joke during her set.
Griffin posted a video to her Twitter and Instagram accounts on May 30, 2017, holding “a mask designed to look like President Donald Trump’s severed, gory skull.” She later removed the photo and apologized. Griffin was fired as a spokesperson for Squatty Potty in May 2017 due to the pictures.
She was also under federal investigation by the Justice Department for two months as a result of the images, and was placed on the No Fly List, as well as the Interpol and Five Eyes lists, and had been detained at every airport during her “Laugh Your Head Off” (a reference to the infamous Trump photograph) world tour.