D-List comedienne Kathy Griffin, who has been enlisted by the Human Rights Campaign to lobby Congress for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and will appear at a rally on Capitol Hill tomorrow, called House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) a "big queen" in an interview with Roll Call.
"I’m meeting with this big queen named Jim Clyburn," Griffin, who is in Washington this week to lobby for an end to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, told HOH. "I’m going to be the first person to ever walk into his office and go, ‘Hey, girl!’" ... "Congress is homophobic, but I don’t think the American people are," she says. She plans to ask attendees of the rally to send a three-sentence e-mail to their Members of Congress urging them to act quickly, or face some ticked-off voters in November.
Griffin is being followed in Washington DC by a crew from her hit Bravo show My Life On The D-List. Let's hope that HRC also wants Griffin to urge people to ask President Obama to act on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." As you've heard, members of Congress say the President and his Administration are missing in action ...
Clyburn is the House Majority Whip, the third ranking Democrat in the House and an LGBT ally, notes AMERICABlog's Joe Sudbay. "I get that she's a comedian, but lobbying is serious business especially on LGBT issues. Yes, it's funny to you and me when Kathy Griffin insults members of Congress by calling them 'big queens.' It's a dumb way to lobby on DADT."
"Dumb" is probably an understatement. Roll Call is Capitol Hill's newspaper of record and read by every member, lobbyist and most staffers. By now, most on the Hill have probably heard the joke.