WASHINGTON – Representative Barney Frank this afternoon came to Senator Scott Brown’s defense, joining the Massachusetts Republican in criticizing comedian Kathy Griffin for comments she made calling Brown’s daughters “prostitutes.”
Frank, a Newton Democrat who also appeared on Griffin's show, wrote a letter this afternoon to Griffin saying her comments were “wholly unfair and inappropriate" and that he "was particularly disappointed in the terrible comment you made about Senator Scott Brown’s daughters.”
“I think it’s possible to have fun, and even to poke fun at people in my businesses, without this kind of completely unfair attack,” Frank wrote. “And while I don’t usually feel compelled to comment on what various entertainers do, since you did include me in that show I wanted to make it very clear that I thought what you did was wholly unfair and inappropriate. It’s the kind of thing that makes it less likely that I or others can cooperate with you in the future.”
Brown had criticized Griffin yesterday. Frank, upset about the comment, dictated the letter to Griffin today while heading to the airport. The Globe wrote two weeks ago about Frank and Brown -- who have little in common -- had developed an odd political partnership.
Griffin, on a show that aired Tuesday night on BRAVO, was being quizzed by CNN reporters Jon King and Dana Bash. When King displayed a photo of Brown, Griffin answers, “Scott Brown, who is a senator from Massachusetts. And has two daughters that are prostitutes.” A disclaimer on the show is then read, saying that “Scott Brown’s daughters are NOT prostitutes!!! We now return you to our regularly scheduled negativity.”
Griffin took the trip to Washington in March to show her support for overturning the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Scenes from the trip aired this week on her show, “My Life on the D-List.”
When meeting with Frank, she tells him, “I need [don’t ask, don’t tell] repealed by Thursday, because I’m leaving Friday.” If it’s not, she said, “That’s a bitter pill to swallow.”
“My guess, Kathy, is it’s not the only pill you’ve swallowed this week,” Frank replied.
Later in the episode, Griffin said it was obvious Frank didn’t connect with her. “He doesn’t know when ‘American Idol’ is on? He doesn’t care about Liza Minnelli? How is this guy even gay?”
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