Everything that Sarah Palin does--her baking, her footwear, her retweets--makes news. Kathy Griffin wants to make news too, so Griffin has worked hard to carve off a little slice of Palinmania for herself. She went fishing with Bristol Palin's ex-boyfriend, Levi Johnston, on her reality show in May. She was booed by soldiers in Iraq when she made a joke about Bristol's weight in December. Griffin said her 2011 resolution was to take down Willow Palin, because the 16-year-old had used a gay slur on Facebook. And now Griffin will satirize the Tea Pary on an episode of Glee. Well, Mama Palin has had enough.
On Fox News this weekend, Palin called Griffin a "50-year-old adult bully" and a "has-been," which might not have stung Griffin too badly, given that her reality show was called My Life on the D-List. Then Palin challenged the comedian to, essentially, say it to her face.
"You know, Kathy Griffin can do anything to me or say anything about me, because you know, she's kind of this; she's a 50-year-old adult bully is really what she is. ... She's kind of a has-been comedian and she can do those things to me. I would just ask for respect of my children. ... Kathy, pick on me, come up to Alaska and pick on me, but leave my kids alone."
Naturally, Griffin seized on the comments to draw attention to her latest project, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony. Her publicist told ABC News that "As a fellow reality star, Kathy would like to extend free tickets to her upcoming Broadway show to reality-star Sarah Palin and her reality-TV crew. Kathy supports all reality stars regardless of what they say about her."