American comedian Kathy Griffin apologised after getting in BIG trouble with the secret service for a violent photo featuring her and Donald Trump’s severed, bloody head.
Griffin collaborated with photographer Tyler Shields for the photo shoot, which included her holding up a gruesome fake head resembling the President. The image is shocking, and it’s understandable that it has incited a significant backlash.
In a behind the scenes snippet, which was filmed before the photo was released, Griffin can be heard bracing for the outcome of her actions.
“We have to move to Mexico today, but we’re going to go to prison – federal prison…We’re not surviving this, okay?”
Since the photo was posted, Twitter has erupted with names like Chelsea Clinton and even the secret service throwing in their very upset two cents.
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
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) May 30, 2017
CNN frequently collaborates with the comic as she is a co-host of the network’s annual New Year’s Eve coverage. They also released a statement condemning her behaviour,
“We found what she did disgusting and offensive,” a CNN spokesperson said. “We are pleased to see she has apologised and asked that the photos be taken down. We are evaluating our New Year’s Eve coverage and have made no decisions at this point.”
She did apologise, releasing a video on her Instagram where she stated: “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.”
While this image incites violent against a sitting president and that is a pretty terrible move on Griffin’s part, lest we forget the times Trump promoted violence against Hillary Clinton.
He made a statement during his campaign in 2016 regarding Clinton’s staunch support of gun control in the United States,
“She doesn’t want guns, take their — let’s see what happens to her,” Trump said. “Take their guns away, okay? It’ll be very dangerous.”
Trump also threatened violence against protesters at his campaign rallies.
“You know, part of the problem and part of the reason it takes so long is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore, right?” he explained during a 2016 campaign event in Missouri while protesters were being escorted out.
While what Griffin did was not okay by any stretch, neither is the rhetoric Trump promotes. Violence in any form is not acceptable.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.