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