Kathy Griffin deleted a bloody image of herself posed with a prop head of President Donald Trump and is throwing herself on the public's mercy. Exactly no one seems to have found the "D List" performer's gruesome photo amusing - CNN has ended their relationship:
Author and commentator Eric Schiffer, CEO of ReputationManagementConsultants.com, called the photo "a desperate attempt to stay relevant when she didn't need it."
"Griffin's harrowing picture of Trump’s decapitated head might cost her severely," he noted. "You’ll probably see more firms cut ties. Griffin’s apology was a call of mercy to save her head, considering Democrats like Chelsea Clinton and friend Anderson Cooper also condemned her unhinged photo. Griffin may have done it for a laugh and attention, but what she got was a thrashing body blow from America. Griffin’s move did what most politicians dream: She united the American people for a flickering and fleeting moment."
Griffin's web site appears inoperable at the moment, but it's unclear if it's been taken down or is just being overwhelmed due to the controversy. A cached version indicated she had a performance planned for June 16 at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley, Calif. The venue's site notes, "Mature Content: May not be suitable for younger audiences."
Griffin posted a video acknowledging her disturbing photo wasn't suitable for anyone.
"I sincerely apologize," she said. "I'm a comic. I crossed the line.. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny. I get it."
Without addressing the president, his wife or family directly, she begged forgiveness saying, "I made a mistake. I was wrong."
Here's the image she'd previously posted:
The U.S. Secret Service, while not mentioning Griffin by name, posted a couple of tweets apparently in response to the outrage her image provoked:
Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway addressed the outrage directly:
As did Donald Trump Jr:
It was immediately hard to imagine CNN putting her back on-air (she's been part of NYE coverage in the past). Here's what her now-former colleagues are saying:
It's not the first time a performer has appeared to take artistic aim at the president.
Snoop Dogg points a fake gun at a character dressed as a clown-Trump character and pulls the trigger in a video released in March. It’s the kind of toy gun that unfurls a little flag that says “BANG!” so the segment is pointed without being graphic. Earlier in the video, though, a police officer, also dressed as a clown, shoots a motorist after a traffic stop while a passerby films it on his cell phone.
“F*** the police,” Snoop raps.
The profanity ridden video directed by Jesse Wellens and James DeFina features a “Ronald Klump” as the head clown in chief, running a country of clowns.
Griffin spent time in Atlanta back when she had a stint on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva." We wrote about her visit to some Buckhead restaurants and the Buckhead Life Group posted it - but that was several CMSes ago. So, here's a ghost image of what we wrote at the time:
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