Warning: This article contains sensitive visuals.
Comedian Kathy Griffin posted a video apology Tuesday after she earlier posted a video of herself holding up a bloody faux-head of President Donald Trump, a move that immediately sparked criticism and backlash.
“I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong,” Griffin posted Tuesday night.
I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017
Griffin is noted for hosting a New Year’s Eve show on CNN. The network issued a statement Tuesday night in which it said, “We found what she did disgusting and offensive. We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down. We are evaluating New Year’s Eve and have made no decisions at this point.”
In the 12-second video that sparked the controversy, Griffin — standing against a stark white background — wears a grim expression as she slowly brings her hand up into the shot, bringing the mask with it.
On Tuesday, Griffin wrote in a tweet along with the video, “I caption this ‘there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his...wherever.’”
Griffin then sent a follow-up tweet, noting, “I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I’m merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.”
2/ OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I'm merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017
However, that didn’t stop many from criticizing the move, including some well-known names. Some also compared the visual to tactics used by the Islamic State terrorism group.
This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president. https://t.co/zIiuKoMyFw— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 30, 2017
Kathy Griffin is basically the Ann Coulter of the left - will do or say anything to remain relevant enough to collect a paycheck.— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) May 30, 2017
A longer “behind the scenes” style video posted by photographer Tyler Shields earlier shows Griffin’s photoshoot, a preface by Griffin in which she says, “I won’t give away what we’re doing, but Tyler and I are not afraid to do images that make noise.”
Shields wrote in a tweet sent on May 26, “Can you go to jail for making an artistic statement??? Asking for a friend... @kathygriffin.”
Can you go to jail for making an artistic statement??? Asking for a friend... @kathygriffin— Tyler Shields (@tylershields) May 27, 2017
TMZ published the photo Tuesday morning, noting in a story that the publication received the photoshoot images before the release.