She should never work again. There, I said it. She should have to live with whatever she has accumulated over the years and never draw another dime from anyone. I have heard jokes, I have told them and I don’t get where the joke was here.. It’s sickening. There’s no way anyone with any sense would look at that as a joke.
Liberal comedian and virulent hater of President Donald Trump Kathy Griffin took a flying leap over the line of civility Tuesday when photos and video emerged of her holding a mock severed head that resembled Trump, similar in style to the gruesome propaganda videos produced by the Islamic State group and their ilk.
The picture and video were published by the celebrity gossip site TMZ, and almost instantaneously sparked intense backlash against Griffin from virtually all points along the political spectrum. Shortly after her mock beheading of the president went public, Griffin posted a video to social media apologizing for the “too disturbing” image of her holding Trump’s severed head and admitted that she “went too far” and that “it wasn’t funny.”
She further claimed that she understood how some people could be offended or upset by the shocking image, but insinuated that she didn’t realize how severe the backlash against her would be.
However, there are some who suggest that Griffin’s apology wasn’t exactly sincere, and point to comments she made during a behind-the-scenes video that accompanied the TMZ post regarding the photoshoot that would indicate she knew prior to the release that the picture would land her in trouble, yet she proceeded anyway.
In fact, Fox News spoke with the photographer who assisted in creating the image, Tyler Shields, and he stated that “Kathy and I are friends and we worked together before, so when we started doing this shoot, she said, ‘I’d love to do something political. I’d love to make a statement.’ We kind of figured out what would be the best image to make out of that.”
Shields insisted that the picture was intended as a piece of art, and that both he and Griffin were well aware of the outraged response they would receive for publishing something that would make a majority of decent people uncomfortable.
“That’s what art is meant to do. Some people look at it and they love it. Some people look at it and they hate it… I understand there are going to be people that hate this,” Shields said. “It’s a very touchy subject … but this is not real. We didn’t kill anybody nor do I feel anybody should be killed. It’s no different from a movie. It just happens to be a still image.”
“I can’t speak for her, [but] I know she loves to stir the pot. For me, I love the idea we have freedom of speech,” he added. “The fact that I’m allowed to make an image like this says a lot. To me, that’s a powerful thing … nobody’s killed me for this image so it’s not that bad. I love Kathy and I hope they let me visit her in Guantanamo.”