‘Vile’ and ‘disturbing’ video depicting Trump’s severed head prompts apology from comic Kathy Griffin
Kathy Griffin says she went way too far when she appeared in a brief video Tuesday holding what looked like President Donald Trump’s bloody, severed head.
The comic posted a video later Tuesday apologising for the video image, saying it was “too disturbing” and wasn’t funny.
“I sincerely apologise,” she said. “I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people.”
The first video showed a straight-faced Griffin slowly lifting the bloody head. She originally described the project with photographer Tyler Shields as an “artsy fartsy statement” mocking the commander in chief.
I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017
Many online called for Griffin to be jailed.
In her apology video, Griffin begs her fans for forgiveness and says she has asked the photographer to remove the images.
“I made a mistake, and I was wrong,” she says.
The video had apparently been removed from Shields’ blog by late Tuesday.
CNN, whose New Year’s Eve coverage Griffin has co-hosted, called the images “disgusting and offensive.”
“We are pleased to see she has apologised,” CNN said in a statement. “We are evaluating New Year’s Eve and have made no decisions at this point.”
A publicist for Shields did not respond to a request for comment.
Criticism came from both conservatives and liberal figures, including Donald Trump Jr, who called the picture “disgusting but not surprising.”
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney weighed in also, saying that politics “have become too base, too low, & too vulgar, but Kathy Griffin’s post descends into an even more repugnant & vile territory.”
But even people who do not usually defend Trump expressed repulsion at the image.
Chelsea Clinton tweeted: “This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president.”
And actress Debra Messing tweeted: |It wasn’t right when people hung lynched Obama effigies, just as what Kathy Griffin did isn’t right now.”
Additional reporting by Washington Post