Comedian Kathy Griffin has recorded an anxious-looking apology mere hours after a photo shoot depicting her holding the severed head of Donald Trump became public.
TMZ shared the photo of Griffin, shot by photographer Tyler Shields.
Joking about the image, Griffin apparently said “that she and Tyler would need to move to Mexico once the pics got released.”
Here’s just a small portion of the swift reaction on social media:
This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president. https://t.co/zIiuKoMyFw— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 30, 2017
In a publicity stunt era, Kathy Griffin's act breaches all standards of acceptability. Now let's stop giving it the attention she desired.— Mindy Finn (@mindyfinn) May 31, 2017
Our politics have become too base, too low, & too vulgar, but Kathy Griffin's post descends into an even more repugnant & vile territory.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 30, 2017
Hey @CNN - will Kathy Griffin be hosting your New Year's Eve show again? Your advertisers would like to know. pic.twitter.com/ngzHbBcPhN— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) May 30, 2017
If CNN doesn't completely cut ties with @kathygriffin, it will expose them yet again as a disgraceful network.Will they disavow?
— Adam D. Brown (@aduanebrown) May 30, 2017
Here’s what she had to say via her Facebook page:
Hey everybody, its me Kathy Griffin. I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic; I cross the line; I move the line, then I cross it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing — I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny, I get it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career; I will continue. I ask your forgiveness taking down the image, gonna ask the photographer to take down the image, and I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake, and I was wrong.
What do you think? Did Kathy cross the line?