Kathy Griffin took part in a photo shoot with photographer Tyler Shields in which facsimile of Donald Trump’s decapitated head was portrayed. Though the photo was meant for comedy purposed it didn’t turn out to be funny at all. The gory photo went live on 30 May 2017 and received instant tweets like “evil” and “wrong”. She also posted a video from the shoot on Twitter. She captioned the picture by writing, “I caption this ‘there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his wherever.’”
Tyler Shields said, “I think there will be a lot of people who will absolutely hate this, but again, that’s the beauty of it. Am I saying that anyone should actually be killed? No, it’s like a movie. How many movies are there where the president gets killed or this happens? Tonnes upon tonnes. But again, when it’s an image, especially an image like this, people don’t see it like that. They see it as reality, and that’s why it’s so shocking to some people.”
Trump tweeted that Griffin should be ashamed of posting such a violent picture of the President and his children are having a hard time as they caught a glimpse of their father’s bloody head on social media.
The photography got slammed by various celebs including Chelsea Clinton and Debra Messing, among others. Chelsea Clinton called it “vile and wrong, It is never funny to joke about killing a president” and Debra Messing said, “It wasn’t right when Obama effigies, just as what Kathy Griffin did isn’t right now.”
Griffin posted an apology on late Wednesday saying, “I sincerely apologise. I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic. I crossed the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career. I will continue. I ask for your forgiveness. [I’m] taking down the image, going to ask the photographer to take down the image. And I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far, I made a mistake, and I was wrong.”