Candace Cameron Bure on How America ‘Should’ Have Responded to Kathy Griffin
Candace Cameron Bure made a name for herself playing D.J. Tanner on ABC's long-running Full House. And now she's back in that same role in the reboot, Fuller House on Netflix. But after the original Full House
Candace Cameron Bure made a name for herself playing D.J. Tanner on ABC’s long-running Full House.
And now she’s back in that same role in the reboot, Fuller House on Netflix.
But after the original Full House ended, Candace made another name for herself as an outspoken Christian. Revolutionary, among most of her Hollywood peers. But that shouldn’t come as a huge shock, given that her brother is Kirk Cameron, also well known for being a Christian. Great family!
As a Christian in Hollywood, Cameron often gets asked her opinion on current affairs. And there was no bigger story this week than the one involving Kathy Griffin and the disgusting thing she did to Donald Trump and the Trump family. No, we won’t show you the bloody, severed head picture from the scandal, but here is Kathy Griffin in case you don’t recognize the name.
Apparently, Candace was asked about her thoughts on the issue, so she sent out this Tweet, giving her opinion on how America SHOULD have responded:
— Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) June 2, 2017
Here’s a portion of the link from Candace’s tweet, from FaithWire.com:
We’ve created a culture that is absolutely possessed by an insatiable lust for turning people into mere objects. And no, I’m not just talking about rampant sexualization.
I’m speaking more specifically about the troubling penchant that too many of us have for embracing a herd-like mob mentality fueled by profuse anger and unrestrained banter, as we clot together in an amalgam of fury and take to the Internet to collectively lambaste a pointed target.
The recipe is almost always the same: Person A reads or sees something that outrages him or her, he or she turns to social media to spout off, persons B through Z then see it and they, too, start rambling on — and, before you know it, there’s a mass of people and media outlets piling on.
Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
The most recent example of this scenario surrounds Kathy Griffin and the now-infamous photo featuring her holding a faux decapitated head that resembled President Donald Trump. It was gross, deplorable, disgusting, inexcusable and a prime example of bad judgment and a desperate attempt at garnering attention gone wrong. The shock that resulted was certainly understandable and the aforementioned reactive formula, to a degree, warranted.
But here’s the problem. So many of us — myself included — get so ginned up, so frustrated, so disgusted that we take that formula, put it on steroids and begin to take part in an elevated attack on people like Griffin without actually thinking deeper about the root causes or elements that are at play. And before you know it, the person or issue starts trending on Twitter, yielding a few thoughtful reflections sprinkled amid a sea of insane rants and personal attacks.
For all of the benefits that come along with social media — the ability to connect humanity like never before and the power to inform and educate the masses — it also encourages and even rewards our most guttural, self-serving and unrestrained reactions. As a result, too many of us are willing to say things that we would never dream of uttering to a person’s face.
In these scenarios, people let anger overtake them as they hide behind a keyboard and spout off with little regard for the impact of their words. Others get so consumed by the power of social media that the end goal of eliciting laughs, drawing attention to themselves or garnering the most re-tweets and shares possible ends up consuming them, numbing any normal sense of communicative sanity.
When these dynamics unfold, we stop seeing people like Griffin as human beings and suddenly view then as mere punching bags, pin cushions — or any object worthy of nothing more than our aimless typographical reflexes.
People like Griffin become the focal point of an outrage so intense that we totally forget about respect, consideration or decency.
Here’s why that’s a problem: As Christians (though this should extend to all of humanity), we’re commanded to love others, even those who do or say stupid things. Gosh, even our enemies. The power, intensity and draw of social media can often lead us to forget these essential facts of the faith, but as I was tweeting my own frustrations over Griffin’s antics, I was suddenly overpowered by a realization: I was spending quite a bit of effort expressing my anger, but virtually none praying for her.
So, what do you think?
Is Candace right? Or did Kathy get what she deserved for her disgusting act?