After a major backlash on Twitter, comedienne Kathy Griffin released a public apology after many critics responded with outrage over her photo shoot where she held a mock “decapitated” head of US President Donald Trump.
The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., called the imagery “disgusting but not surprising.” Chelsea Clinton also reacted and called it “vile and wrong,” among many others.
After a while, the President also responded through his Twitter account.
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Shot by self-described artist photographer famous for edgy imagery, Tyler Shields, Griffin was wearing a blue dress while holding up a “head” by the hair which was streaked with what appears to be blood, of President Trump.
Shields posted a YouTube video of the shoot in which Griffin gave shallow explanations about their motives in doing it. It also showed behind the scenes where she drops the head, and at another point, she jokes to Shields that they’re going to have to run away to Mexico after the images go public.
“I won’t give away what we’re doing but Tyler and I are not afraid to do images that make noise,” Griffin stated in the video clip, in which she praises Shields for making her look like she’s 15. “But first I’m an artist. But it’s good lighting.”
Griffin is the longtime co-host of CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve coverage. CNN said it was evaluating the matter and had made “no decisions at this point” whether to fire the comedienne or not.
“We found what she did disgusting and offensive,” a CNN spokesperson said. “We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down.”
Watch Griffin’s appology video below she posted on Twitter.