Don’t Ask Don’t Tell goes D-list
Fresh off the heels of faux-boyfriend Levi Johnston’s engagement announcement, a heartbroken Kathy Griffin made an appearance yesterday at the Carmel Mountain Borders accompanied by her mom, Maggie Griffin, author of Tip It! (a nod to the elder Griffin’s method of squeezing the last droplets out of a box of wine).
“Oh y did I trust my heart 2 a 19 yr old ice-fisherman/babydaddy from Wasila? Like Britney I’m putting myself on a 5150 psych hold,” she tweeted, or, as she calls it “twatted,” prior to her signing.
Newly on the market and on the prowl, the self-proclaimed “loudmouth redhead” chose her San Diego appearance to debut a softer blonde ‘do—an homage of sorts to legendary broadcast journalist (and the star of one of her memorable celebrity-infused tales, which included a mention of Astroglide personal lubricant), Barbara Walters.
“I’m blonde because Barbara Walters—my idol who can’t stand me—said, ‘Women don’t get older, they just get blonder,’ and I pretty much do whatever Barbara Walters tell me, or yells at me,” Griffin said.
This appearance was a far cry from when I first interviewed Griffin outside a La Jolla bookstore and was just about the only media there. This time around, her appearance commanded several news cameras and a diverse crowd that included children—an odd side effect for the now bodacious blonde, thanks in part no doubt to the escalating popularity of her Bravo reality show.
From crashing a toddler beauty pageant to staging a swap-meet-like “estate sale” to get rid of her mother’s bric-a-brac, season six of My Life on the D-List—the backbone of the growing “Griffin empire”—took a serious turn this week when the funny lady put on her serious face and headed to Washington, D.C., to help repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
“I had so many meetings, even off camera, and it was a great educational experience for me,” the scribe of Official Book Club Selection told CityBeat. “I joked about not knowing what Congress is, etcetera, but that’s not really what it was about. It was about who’s kind of gonna help the repeal of DADT and who isn’t.”
“I had a pretty heated run-in with Michelle Bachman of Minnesota, and Lindsey Graham and Saxby Chambliss and John McCain—who I used to have so much respect for,” she recalled.
Said episode also included first-hand accounts by servicewomen and men directly affected by the policy.
“Hearing the testimony of these men and women who have lost everything and [have] been kicked out of the military and they have to pay back their GI Bill, and you know what’s interesting? Each and every one of them not only wanted to keep their job and actually be re-deployed to Iraq.”
Of course, this is Kathy Griffin we’re talking about, so said sojourn was peppered by her asking Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass) if he’d ever “thruffled,” and hitting on House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn after referring to him as a “big queen.”
Continuing the love affair with our city that she manifested back in that first encounter, the two-time Emmy winner will be taping a stand-up special on Sept. 25 at the Pechanga resort. “Me at an Indian casino; I hope they give me a blanket!” she quipped.
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