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When comedy meets politics, how far is too far?

When comedy meets politics, how far is too far?
When comedy meets politics, how far is too far?
Posted at 5:10 PM, Jun 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-05 14:47:36-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Recently, several comedians across the country, including Kathy Griffin, have used politics as part of their routines with some material viewed as highly controversial.

It really depends who you talk to.

Earlier, WTXL caught up with Scott Peavy, who's been doing comedy in town for six years.

He said he personally avoids topics like politics, but has no problem with others who use it as long as they're aware of their audience.

Many of us have seen Kathy Griffin in a photo with a fake severed head of President Donald Trump. The comedienne offered an apology following extreme backlash, saying she went too far.

Other comedians like Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel have been known to mix in current political issues as part of their bits.

Regardless of whether Griffin was making a joke or political statement, Peavy says it's more about supporting free speech.

"Really, the only offensive part of this to me is that she immediately took it back," said Peavy. "I feel like if you're going to put yourself out there and make a statement, then to immediately take it back once you start losing sponsors and stuff -- that's what really hits me as being unreal and not being yourself, true to who you really are."

Comedic portrayals of President Trump and his policies have been interpreted by some as shameful and insulting.

We want to hear from you, too. How far is too far?