Kathy Griffin is not a figure known for her censorship.
The comedian is now infamous for the 2017 photograph of herself holding a bloody facsimile of Donald Trump's head, which at the time sparked international controversy and condemnation even from friends like Anderson Cooper.
However, at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Hearts of Gold concert — a Saturday event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the organization's work fighting for LGBTQ equality — a seemingly repentant Griffin delivered an "in memoriam of very inappropriate words that I probably won’t say again … [because] I’ve evolved as an artiste, as an ally."
To the tune of Sarah McLachlan's "Angel," Griffin listed the words that offend "the young gays" that she swore to discontinue from her routines. The first was "tranny," a term that is now largely considered a transphobic slur but was used more freely when Griffin performed regularly at the center's Renberg Theatre in the '90s. "A tough one for me," she said.
Others included "ladyboy" — "It hurts all the generations, especially all the Malaysian friends and family."
"Dykes on bikes."
"Doughnut bumper" — "Doughnuts are a very good food group, and a vagina doesn’t really look like a doughnut. It looks like a beautiful rose."
"Gash gobbler" – "It’s not really flattering. And also, the gay boys don’t eat carbs, so there’s no real gobbling."
"Clam snacker — "Vaginas don’t actually have shells."
"Muff diver," said Griffin to the loud boos of the audience. "What is this, the fucking debate? Shut up."
"Sloppy pig bottom" — "There was a time when a sloppy pig bottom was something to be proud of. It was the guy who knew what time to take the Imodium."
And "Circus of Books" — "It’s pretty much a library, and it’s situated near something called Vaseline Alley," said Griffin, in a reference to a recently shuttered West Hollywood store that sold gay pornography.
"Finally, to show I haven’t lost my edge, two more words we have to say goodbye to as a community because we’ve just gone beyond it, and they’re bad for the community. Those two words are Andy Cohen," Griffin concluded to the 5,000-seat theater, which went wild in response to her final zinger.
Cohen was among those who shunned Griffin after her viral Trump photograph. The gay Bravo host replaced Griffin as cohost of CNN's New Year's Eve special with Cooper, and — as seen in the new documentary Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story — feigned not recognizing Griffin's name when asked by a reporter.
Griffin's set was but one of many memorable moments from Hearts of Gold. The evening featured performances from Sia, Rufus Wainwright, Jenifer Lewis, and even a surprise appearance by Melissa Etheridge. The event also recounted five decades of LGBTQ history through a multimedia presentation narrated by Margaret Cho.