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Comedian Kathy Griffin criticized fellow comedian Kevin Hart for not making fun of President Donald Trump during his comedy routine, calling it a “p***y move” because of his race.
During an interview with USA Today, Griffin, who is a vocal critic of Trump, indicated that she is setting off on a new comedy tour that's filled with jabs at the president and first family.
She explained that in an “anxiety-ridden time” she believes that there is a “thirst for all kinds of comedy.” Since her show mocks Trump, she encouraged comedy fans who aren't into that to go see Hart instead.
“And look, if you want to not hear about Trump at all, go see Kevin Hart,” she said. “He doesn't even mention Trump.”
Griffin added, “I personally think that's a [expletive] move because he's a black man. But I guess he's selling more tickets than I ever will.”
While USA Today didn't publish the exact expletive the comedian used, the outlet confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon that Griffin used the word “p***y” to describe Hart.
In June 2017, Hart told Variety that the current state of affairs is “not a laughing matter” and he won't use Trump as a punching bag.
“When you jump into that political realm you’re alienating some of your audience,” he explained.
Hart added that instead of going after Trump with his comedy, he's abiding by the golden rule that “if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all.”
A month after his announcement, the comedian claimed the top spot on The Hollywood Reporter's Top Comedians chart.
Griffin received heavy criticism for a photo of her with a fake severed head of Trump's last year. Although she apologized, she lost her role as host of CNN's New Year's Eve coverage, and multiple tour dates were canceled.
Now, looking back, she told USA Today that more people are realizing that “not only was my photo literally harmless, but completely legal.”