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Kathy Griffin Goes Public With On-Camera Pap Smear

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 15th 2010 4:03PM
kathy_griffin_the_advocate_coverLately, television has been getting more and more open and even invasive when it comes to keeping some things private. On VH1's E!'s 'Pretty Wild,' for instance, you can see the breasts of the ladies completely exposed with only the nipples blurred (as if that's the part that's not allowed on television!). On all the forensic dramas, the 'CSI's' and 'House,' getting inside the body is a regular, CGI-created event.

But for the really, really inside stuff, we've seen CBS's Katie Couric and Harry Smith having colonscopies on camera to illustrate the importance of the test in diagnosing colon cancer. And now Kathy Griffin will be the latest celebrity to lift the veil of privacy when it comes to the pap smear. On Wednesday, Kathy tweeted the news -- and invited the world: "Um, I'm getting a public pap smear, on camera, poolside @ The Palomar Hotel in LA Friday."

Why this is going on camera is simple; it's going to be part of the upcoming season of Bravo's Emmy-award winning reality show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List." And since it is going to be filmed, Kathy claims that she will dress accordingly. She added to her tweet the following bit of TMI: "Oh, and I'm vajazzled RIGHT NOW. Stay tuned..."

Vajazzled was a new term in my lexicon. Apparently, it was coined by 'Ghost Whisperer' star Jennifer Love Hewitt in her book, 'The Dog Ate Cupid,' a handbook about love and relationships. The idea is to make the area where the test will be done -- lady parts -- look pretty with beads, buckles and bows. Okay, maybe not buckles, but you get the idea.

Is it really possible that Kathy will go full-frontal on Bravo? Probably not, but just the idea is so audacious and wild that it's hilarious. And typical for Kathy Griffin. The episode will probably have her entire support staff there, as well, making certain that not a thing is out of place!

While this could all be played for laughs, it's also sending an important message. Pap smears are the surest way to detect cervical cancer. Every woman should have regular gynecology exams and pap smears annually. That point will surely be underscored in Griffin's program, even amid the jocularity.

There's only one thing that would make this better. Fellow comedienne Fran Drescher should show up. Drescher is a uterine cancer survivor who has written about her experience in the book "Cancer Schmancer" and is the head of the Cancer Schmancer Movement, a non-profit organization that has been active since 2007 and is dedicated to raising awareness of all types of cancer that targets the female reproductive area.

If Kathy wants to make a real point about saving lives, Drescher could be a valuable asset. And she's funny, too.

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dugandob

Give me a break, Kathy Griffin is one of the funniest women on TV these days, along with Chelsea Handler. Women get a bad break, men can get away with anything. They touch themselves and move around their junk. Talk about J/off and getting b/j. But God forbid a woman does anything that is remotely sexual and FUNNY and everyone jumps on them. You all need to suck it up. These are funny women get over it.

May 03 2010 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patrick C

Kathy Griffin, where's the sex tape already.. err.. the paps.. wait no, I still go with the sex tape.. :D

April 17 2010 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anvil

Damn! I don't have a 3D tv yet.

April 16 2010 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Danielle

Doesnt anything stay private anymore? ugh.

April 16 2010 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nonnie

This woman is so gross! She truly is. What is her point? She was so obscene on CNN that they won't ever have her on again and now this?! She seems to be trying to give women a bad name.

I think I can speak for most women when I say "we're not idiots. We know what a PAP smear is ... and for the most part we all get one every year." And she's going to do this poolside?! Gross, truly gross.

April 15 2010 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PB

I can't wait for her new season of shows to begin.

April 15 2010 at 10:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
STEPHANIE

You're Kidding Right??? Please Say This Is A Joke.

April 15 2010 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
garry

What a real Bitch, Kathy Griffin is no better than a slut off the street

April 15 2010 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
robert

FYI, the pile of crap known as Pretty Wild is on E! not VH1. Carry on.

April 15 2010 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amy

I know it's an important message but the thought of her snatch makes me want to vomit.

April 15 2010 at 5:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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