Comedian Kathy Griffin did a photo shoot with photographer Tyler Shields, where she holds Trump's severed, bloody head high:
Kathy Griffin Beheads Donald Trump in Shocking Photo Shoot (PHOTO) https://t.co/UM9GHRrFf5
— TMZ (@TMZ) May 30, 2017
As is expected with imagery containing gorey, severed body parts—even fake ones—everyone is freaking, including her longtime collaborator Anderson Cooper. Griffin's employer, CNN, has reportedly let her go from her New Year's Eve hosting gig: “CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program,” the network announced.
For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) May 31, 2017
— POLITICO (@politico) May 31, 2017
The President's 11-year-old son, Barron, appears to have seen the image online and thought it to be his real dad's head, which, naturally, led to some sharp criticisms from Melania:
— CNN (@CNN) May 31, 2017
Barron Trump Thought Kathy Griffin's Beheaded Trump Image Was His Dad https://t.co/Excq32rHnV
— TMZ (@TMZ) May 31, 2017
Now, in response to the backlash, Griffin is profusely apologizing, just hours after the images first broke online through TMZ. This is a surprising contradiction from the woman who justified her actions yesterday by nicknaming herself the "Mocker-in-Chief," and emphasizing that she's an "artist" while shooting with Shields on set in a since-deleted video.
"I sincerely apologize," she said. "I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. 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. I've made a lot of mistake in my career, I will continue. I asked your forgiveness, I'm taking down the image. I'm asking the photographer [Tyler Shields] to take down the image. I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake. And I was wrong."
Watch Griffin's apology video, below.
I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017