As I wrote yesterday in my post about Kim Cattrall’s Instagram message to Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim is in a lot of pain, because of the death of her brother, of course, but also because, for 20 years, she feels she was meangirled by SJP who hasn’t really ever stood up for Kim whenever people tried to blame her for being too demanding and negotiating a fair deal for herself on the show and when they were making the movies.
SJP is good friends with Andy Cohen. Andy is now defending SJP. Per PEOPLE:
“I thought it was fake. I was like, ‘There’s no way Kim Cattrall has posted this on her Instagram.’ This is a woman who is in the middle of grieving the loss of her brother, which is tragic and sad,” Cohen, 49, said on his Radio Andy show on Monday. “She accused [Sarah Jessica Parker] of exploiting a tragedy and I’ve been getting all these tweets from people.”
“She was doing press all last week for Divorce. And you know, guess what? When you’re doing press, you’re asked the same questions about what’s going on. So people, I’m sure, were like, ‘What do you think of what happened?’ And she simply and concisely expressed her condolences. I would not call that exploiting a tragedy. What was she supposed to do? Say something bad? I don’t understand,” Cohen continued about Parker, who spoke out about the tragedy to Extra at New York City’s Paley Center for Media on Thursday night while promoting Divorce.
The Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen host also admitted that he doesn’t “like it that people are characterizing this as a catfight. There’s only one person fighting here.”
Is it rich that Andy Cohen doesn’t “like it that people are characterising this as a catfight”? Doesn’t he produce all those Housewives shows? Isn’t that the point of all those Housewives shows? Catfights?
Of course Andy Cohen is defending SJP. He’s her friend. We defend our friends. A better friend might encourage their friend to consider the situation from someone like Kim Cattrall’s perspective but I’m not necessarily mad at Andy stepping up for his friend, especially when that friend is SJP. After all, Andy Cohen wants to keep going to the MET Gala.
But does Andy always defend his friends? Or… is he selective about the friends he’ll defend? I’m thinking now about Kathy Griffin. Maria wrote about Andy and Kathy’s relationship back in October, when Kathy posted a video on YouTube (since deleted) calling out Andy and so many others for abandoning her when things went south. To be clear, what Kathy Griffin did last year, posing with the decapitated Trump head, was in terrible taste. And she deserved to be criticised for it. That said, over the last year, we have seen the kinds of people Hollywood has been willing to protect and forgive – and HOW those people have been protected and forgiven, even after they’ve hurt more people than Kathy hurt.
Did you read The Hollywood Reporter’s recent profile of Kathy about whether or not a “comic in exile can come back”? Practically five minutes after The New York Times published the Louis CK revelations, Matt Damon and others were setting the stage for him to return, eventually, arguing that he had apologised and that he’s been shamed and that he shouldn’t be written off. Louis CK, who spent years pulling his dick out and masturbating in front of women and then silencing them with his power and influence, to the point where they had to turn their backs on their own careers, even he had people who didn’t abandon him. But here’s Andy Cohen, trash-talking Kim Cattrall, after he trash-talked Kathy Griffin, and at the same time fronting like he’s an ally for women.
Kathy Griffin walked her first red carpet this weekend since last May. Is Kathy Griffin out of exile now? Click here to read that THR piece on her. She’s complicated. Yes, my God, she’s made some mistakes. Yes, again, what she did was horrible. My point is not to argue that what she did was horrible. My point is to put Kathy Griffin in perspective, in a town where many horrible men do horrible things all the time and either keep getting away with it or get away with it with just a slap on the wrist. Also there’s also some insightful work talk that’s happening here with Kathy, especially the parts about how she’s financially protected herself. That’s how so many horrible men have protected themselves from their mistakes – with cash, with cash power. And it’s interesting, at least to me, to read about how that looks on a woman like Kathy Griffin.
As for Andy Cohen, how much longer is his friendship going to look good on SJP?