Kathy Griffin's Next Target: Willow Palin

TV personality Kathy Griffin arrives at the 2011 People's Choice Awards on Jan. 5, 2011, in Los Angeles. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

TV personality Kathy Griffin arrives at the 2011 People's Choice Awards on Jan. 5, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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NEW YORK (CBS) Is Kathy Griffin wrong for making fun of Willow Palin?

The comedienne is responding to criticism that she is unfairly targeting Sarah Palin's 16-year-old daughter.

On Jan. 1, Griffin told The Hollywood Reporter that the middle Palin daughter was on her radar.

"I've already gone for Sarah, Todd and Bristol obviously," she said. "But I think it's Willow's year to go down. In 2011, I want to offend a new Palin."

Griffin's reasoning? The 16-year-old reportedly posted homophobic slurs on her Facebook page back in November.

"You don't throw around the f-word without hearing from me about it," Griffin told THR.

The "My Life on the D-List" star's publicist told ABCNews.com on Thursday that "When any public person puts 'your such a f****' on their Facebook wall, they are guaranteed to make it into Kathy's act."

But some have called out Griffin, 50, for trying to take down a minor. On Tuesday, FoxNews.com posted a story titled "Is Kathy Griffin Going Too Far Targeting 16-Year Old Willow Palin?" As of Thursday afternoon, there are more than 7,000 comments posted.

One anonymous commenter wrote, "This is going too far. The girl in question is a minor, and therefore should be protected until the age of 18, just like any other minor."

Others argue that the Palins are public figures and Griffin is entitled to comedic license.

"She offended Jesus," Los Angeles-based publicist Howard Bragman told ABC, referring to Griffin's "suck it, Jesus" declaration when she accepted an Emmy award in 2007. "You think she cares about the Palins? Her brand is outrageous and she's very good at it. And the Palins are rich, powerful people who can defend themselves."

What do you think - is Willow Pain fair game, or has Griffin gone too far?

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