Earlier this week, comedian Kathy Griffin released a video that showed her holding aloft the bloody, severed head of President Donald Trump.
And although Ms. Griffin has the freedom of speech to post such distasteful footage, the public outcry was rightfully swift and damming.
Ms. Griffin quickly returned to the Web to apologize for the video and to state that she had crossed a line.
Apparently, some of Ms. Griffin's employees agreed as by Wednesday she had lost several gigs including one at a casino and another at CNN.
I have no trouble with any of the above.
Ms. Griffin is free to post what I feel is an extremely in poor taste video just as her employers have the right to fire her for tarnishing their image with her ill advised stunt.
And the millions of Americans that took to social media to condemn Ms. Griffin have that right as well.
Many of those that took to social media were my friends and avid hunters.
Again, I agree with their right to voice their opinion on this matter.
But I have to say that I don't understand why these same friends of mine didn't voice their disgust and disappointment when back in 2012 Ted Nugent publicly said of the Obama Administration, "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November" and “If Barack Obama becomes the next president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
Mr. Nugent didn't hold up a fake decapitated head but he did more or less allude to planning to kill the President.
How was that less offensive?
Or less wrong?
I asked some of my hunting friends about this.
Those that answered my question said that they didn't come out as hard on (or at all against) Mr. Nugent as they did Ms. Griffin because, "Uncle Ted is a hunter and supports hunting."
Why does that make any difference?
If Ms. Griffin was a hunter and supported hunting would her actions get a pass as well by these same people?
Were Ms. Griffin's actions really worse than the statement of Mr. Nugent back in 2012?
Again, I don't defend either's actions.
But I defend their right to say and do things that I consider offensive.
Hunters as a group are always lumped together and all too often represented by the worst of the group.
When hunters give a fellow hunter a pass for making offensive remarks, it reflects on all hunters.
When hunters condemn a celebrity for doing the same as one of their own did previously, it is noted.
Hunters can't be hypocrites.
It won't do any of us any good.