Kathy Griffin’s Public Pap . . . Did She Go Too Far?

Life After Cancer — By on May 3, 2010 at 9:00 am

I think it is great when celebrities draw attention to various causes. But I have to say I was a little startled when I heard about Kathy Griffin’s “Smear Campaign”. She had a pap smear done in public that was filmed for an upcoming episode of her show “My Life On the D-List” to raise awareness for cervical cancer.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Kathy Griffin, watch her show all the time and have see her live twice. I think she is a hysterical comedian. That said I couldn’t help but wonder if she went too far with this public pap. Although I do like her statement “Tell Cancer To Suck It!” I am not sure if people watching her get a pap was really necessary. Maybe she did it for publicity? I understand that her original intention was to raise awareness however, I think it borders on bad taste. But that is just my opinion. Then again, wasn’t it Katie Couric who started this whole “publicize your cancer screening test” by airing her colonoscopy on TV?

Read the article about Kathy Griffin’s “Smear Campaign” in the Huffington Post.

What do you guys think? Are you in support of celebrities airing their cancer screening tests on TV? Do you think that is more effective that just speaking out about it in order to help raise awareness?

Cathy Bueti is the author of Breastless in the City. Visit her at cathybueti.com

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