Kathy Griffin apologizes after posting video of bloody Trump head
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.
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.”
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.
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
I am as anti-trump as they come but this is disgusting & vile. You do not represent liberals or the resistance with this trash.— Mandy Hale (@MissMandyHale) May 30, 2017
Just remember this is one person who did this. Not an entire group of ppl. No liberal I know would condone this.— Mandy Hale (@MissMandyHale) May 30, 2017
Will not retweet! Will not like! I've supported you for years, even hired you on 'Ned & Stacey" years ago. This is desperate & disgusting!— Del Shores (@DelShores) May 30, 2017
Absolutely Disgusting!!!! So I guess your ISIS now?— J2TX AG (@Tx24J2) May 30, 2017
This is not how America operates. I suggest you delete this.— Holly In AR (@HollyinAR) 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.”
TMZ published the photo Tuesday morning, noting in a story that the publication received the photoshoot images before the release.