Barney Frank appeared on Kathy Griffin's Bravo show "My Life on the D-List," and Kathy acted like the raunchy comedienne she is and called Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown's daughters prostitutes.
Scott Brown was a tad annoyed to say the least -- as most dads would probably take offense at their daughters being accused of having sex for money.
But Massachusetts Representative Frank (who doesn't agree with Brown on much else) also came to the defense of the two women by writing Griffin a letter chastising her for her remark, saying her comments were "wholly unfair and inappropriate."
In an official letter, Frank wrote:
“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."
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."
During the show, Griffin 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.” Bash laughed and King said something that was bleeped out. This disclaimer immediately flashed on the screen: “Scott Brown’s daughters are NOT prostitutes!!! We now return you to our regularly scheduled negativity.”
Following the show, Senator Brown spoke out saying that Bravo should be ashamed of itself. People can call him any name they want, he said, "but families are off limits."
On the night Scott Brown was elected to the U.S. Senate, he told the world that his daughters, Ayla, 22, a former contestant on American Idol and correspondent for "The Early Show" on CBS, and Arianna, 19, a college student and model, were "available" (though he obviously didn't mean for money). Both women appeared in television ads for their dad during his campaign.
One thing is for sure, Kathy Griffin is probably loving the publicity.
Should jokes about politician's kids be off-limits for comedians? Doe it matter how old the children are?