‘I went way too far’: Kathy Griffin apologizes for posting image of Donald Trump’s ‘severed head’

Comedian Kathy Griffin has apologized for taking part in a photo shoot in which she held up a bloody head resembling Donald Trump

The images were released by celebrity photographer Tyler Shields on Tuesday and immediately drew widespread criticism.

“I’m a comic. I cross the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went way too far,” the comedian said in a video posted on Instagram. “The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it.”

“I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far,” she said. “I made a mistake and I was wrong.”

In an earlier tweet that has since been deleted, Griffin clarified that “OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I’m merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.

The photo was widely condemned on social media, with some suggesting she had even broken the law.

Donald Trump Jr, one of the president’s sons,  called the imagery “disgusting but not surprising.”

All the people on social network do not approve this. But even liberal journalists, like Keith Olbermann, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton, called the photo “vile and wrong.” “It is never funny to joke about killing a president,” she wrote on Twitter.

Nope. Too much. By a very long distance, way too much. https://twitter.com/kathygriffin/status/869654650844098562 


The stunt even seemed to prompt a response from the Secret Service. “Threats made against @SecretService protectees receive the highest priority of all of our investigations,” it said on Twitter.


This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president. https://twitter.com/thehill/status/869634573004656640 

Our politics have become too base, too low, & too vulgar, but Kathy Griffin’s post descends into an even more repugnant & vile territory.

The photos — taken by Los Angeles-based photographer and artist Tyler Shields — of Griffin posing holding up a fake, bloodied decapitated head meant to resemble Trump went rival online and on social media.

The images were quickly condemned by social media users, many of them calling for a boycott of Griffin’s cross-country comedy tour.

A panel on CNN, the network where Griffin has co-hosted a live New Years Eve broadcast since 2007, downplayed the controversy Tuesday.