Updated with Griffin apology: Kathy Griffin has apologized for her photo shoot in which she held up a “decapitated” head of President Donald Trump, after being blasted both by the left and the right.
“I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction of these images,” Griffin says in a video released Tuesday afternoon, several hours after her grisly “gag” caused her to trend worldwide on Twitter. “I crossed the line…. I went way too far, ” Griffin said – same criticisms having been tearing across social media and the TV landscape since TMZ published the photo and photo-shoot video. “The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people…I get it,” Griffin added:
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Griffin insists she does not ever condone violence:
Griffin, who is trending worldwide for her photo shoot, is seen joking during a video of the session that she and photog Tyler Shields would need to move to Mexico once the pics got released, for fear they’d be thrown in prison. The photos and video first were obtained by TMZ.
“Disgusting but not surprising,” Donald Trump Jr. reacted to the photo, which it appears he found out about via Matt Drudge, rather than TMZ:
It’s unclear if Trump Jr.’s reference to this being what “is the left today” was to that incident back in March when Snoop Dogg made a music video in which he uses a toy gun to shoot a clown dressed as a caricature of Donald Trump. His dad, The President of the United States who boasted as a candidate he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose a single follower, had expressed outrage over that one.
Meanwhile, “The Left” weighed in too on Kathy Griffin’s photo/video:
CNN came in for a certain amount of bashing too, owing to its New Year’s Eve relationship with Griffin. Non-fans blasted the cable news network for not nailing Griffin’s stunt, having apparently missed Jake Tapper’s segment on same:
“I want to turn to another issue, kind of in the pop culture sphere,” Tapper began, during his program, warning viewers of the coming graphic image. “It’s a depiction of Kathy Griffin , who does work for CNN on New Year’s Eve,” Tapper explained before the image was shown.
“Um, it’s pretty disgusting and I can’t imagine how anyone would think that’s appropriate,” Tapper added. His panelists, representing the left and the right, reached rare unanimity on this one, that “comedians and celebrities do dumb stuff and violence is not appropriate,” but that this is not the source of Trump’s “problems” these days, with Trump’s surrogate adding, “I think we’ve got much bigger issues to focus on than Kathy Griffin.”