A potential showdown looms next month between comedian Kathy Griffin and President Donald Trump. Griffin is set to attend the White House Correspondents Dinner on April 28, according to an announcement she made via Twitter. There, she may have her first face-to-face moment with the President since her infamous “severed head” photo of him hit social media.
Griffin’s career has nosedived since she posed deadpan last year with a bloody severed head that resembled Trump. Griffin claimed it was parody of the many Isis victim videos, but the President called it “sick,” and even many liberals agreed with that assessment.
Since then, Griffin lost her long-running New Year’s Eve Times Square hosting gig with Anderson Cooper, and has been hard-up for bookings on her comedy act. But she has recently ramped up her media profile and social media presence, and appears ready to rebuild whatever career she has left.
Griffin tweeted she would be attending the correpondents dinner event as a guest of the Washington Blade and Los Angeles Blade, an LGBT news outlet.
The annual dinner has been held since 1920 and traditionally is at least visited by the current president. Trump, who has an adversarial relationship with the press, did not attend in 2017 and may not this year. He did send a tweet stating, “Please wish everyone well and have a great evening” before the dinner last year.
Griffin apologized publicly when major backlash to her photo began last May, issuing a video in which she admitted, “I crossed the line.” But she later backtracked, telling an Australian TV interviewer that “I am no longer sorry. The whole outrage was B.S.”