Actress Kathy Griffin Poses with Severed Donald Trump Mannequin Head and Continues to Trash Other Conservatives
This post was edited June 1, and 2, 2017, July 7, 2017, August 29, 2017, and January 2019 to add updates; scroll below to see those
I didn’t vote for anyone in the 2016 Presidential elections because I didn’t care for any of the candidates. I’m neither particularly for or against Trump.
I find this photo shoot, where Griffin is posed holding a bloody (fake) severed Donald Trump head disrespectful to the office of the Presidency. Regardless of how one feels about Trump, it is wrong and in poor taste to pose for such a photo.
I don’t know if she felt she was trying to be funny by doing this, or if she has some very disturbing, deep-seated hatred of Trump, or what this is meant to convey.
I’m not a Democrat, I wasn’t an Obama supporter, but I sure would not have supported a conservative posing with a severed Obama mannequin head.
According to some news sites, Griffin has since apologized for the photo, at least.
Kathy Griffin admitted Tuesday she “went too far” on her latest photo shoot with controversial photographer Tyler Shields in which she is holding a bloodied mask of President Trump.
The gory photo first published in TMZ from Griffin’s photo session with the famed Shields, known for his shocking pictures.
In a Twitter post late Tuesday, Griffin said the image “is too disturbing,” and that “it wasn’t funny.”
“I understand how it offends people,” she said, adding “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career.”
…”I went too far and I was wrong,” she said.
People took to Twitter to express their disdain for the photo shoot.
…Reps for Griffin did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.
Chelsea Clinton called it “vile and wrong” in a Twitter post.
Chelsea Clinton and Debra Messing were among the liberal celebrities and pundits who criticized Kathy Griffin’s extreme and violent idea of anti-Donald Trump protest art: a photo of the comedian holding a fake bloody head meant to resemble the president.
The image, which the comedian released to TMZ, was taken by controversial photographer Tyler Shields, who routinely shoots A-list celebrities in shocking poses, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Not surprisingly, many on Twitter were not pleased with the photo, including — again not surprisingly — President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. He cited the photo, depicting his father’s decapitated head, as an example of what he sees as the left’s moral degeneracy and hypocrisy, especially given that his father regularly faces liberal accusations that his incendiary rhetoric against women, journalists, Muslims and immigrants has encouraged violence against those people.
….Photographer Shields also defended his work as “art” and said the image shouldn’t be taken “literally.”
“I cannot stress enough that I respect the presidency of the United States and would never want anyone to be killed,” he told the Daily News. “But it’s art. When you make art, you can do anything you want.”
Left-leaning outlets like the Daily News, MSNBC and Slate didn’t dispute the idea that Griffin and Shield have a First Amendment right to produce pretty much any image they want.
However, they also objected to the photo with Slate’s Senior Editor Sam Adams saying, at the least, photo is a “bad idea.” He wrote, “Fortunately, we don’t have to imagine what might happened if a midlevel celebrity directed similarly violent imagery towards the president of the United States.”
…Adams said that liberals who condemned “the copious images of President Barack Obama being lynched or of he and his wife and children being depicted as monkeys should condemn this one, too.”
May 30, 2017
by Sandra Gonzalez
Kathy Griffin is defending herself after drawing fierce criticism for participating in a photo shoot that featured her holding up a bloody head resembling President Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, celebrity photographer Tyler Shields, known for his provocative images, released photos he did with Griffin that immediately came under fire from people on Twitter, including the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, who called the imagery “disgusting but not surprising.”
Griffin was accused of encouraging violence against the President.
[Tweet by Griffin] “OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever!” Griffin wrote on Twitter. “I’m merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.” May 30, 2017
Questions were also raised about whether the photos would affect Griffin’s relationship with CNN. The comedian is the longtime co-host of the network’s annual New Year’s Eve coverage.
CNN has not yet responded to request for comment.
By all indications, Griffin, an outspoken critic of Trump, knew the images would be controversial.
In a behind-the-scenes video posted by Shields, Griffin asserted to the camera that she and Shields were “not afraid to do images that make noise.”
…The reaction to Griffin and Shield’s photos may have gained the attention of the Secret Service, as the agency tweeted late Tuesday that “threats made against @SecretService protectees receive the highest priority of all of our investigations.”
The tweet did not mention neither Griffin or Shields by name.
Updates, June 1, 2017:
Ken Jennings, the longest running Jeopardy contestant, made fun of Barron Trump Wednesday for reportedly thinking Kathy Griffin was actually holding his father’s severed head.
According to a report by TMZ, 11-year-old Barron first saw the photo of Griffin holding Trump’s bloody severed head on television and thought it was actually his father’s head.
Sources told TMZ that Barron cried out for his mother when he saw the image.
Ken Jennings saw this as the perfect opportunity to mock the young boy, tweeting, “Barron Trump saw a very long necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. He thought it was his dad & his little heart is breaking.”
Ken Jennings posted a tweet Wednesday that appeared to reference a report by TMZ that alleged Barron was watching television at home when he saw the graphic image on the screen, prompting him to believe the beheading was real:
[Tweet by Ken Jennings] Barron Trump saw a very long necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. He thought it was his dad & his little heart is breaking
Kathy Griffin’s Trump stunt is hardly surprising — just look at her history by Katie Mettler, June 1, 2017
She [Griffin] has been banned from numerous talk shows and performance venues, censored at award ceremonies and reprimanded by CNN for dropping an f-bomb on live TV while hosting the network’s New Year’s eve countdown with anchor Anderson Cooper.
…Her other CNN New Year’s Eve antics — simulating oral sex on Cooper, saying something unprintable to a heckler, stripping on camera down to a lacy bra in Times Square — never got her fired.
…The New Year’s Eve segment is just the latest in a growing list of TV shows from which Griffin has been banned: “The View” (for joking about Howard Stern having sex with Barbara Walters), “Today” (for mocking several hosts), “Late Show with David Letterman” (for swearing too much in the ’90s) and possibly the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
…”Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” premiered in 2005 and ran for six seasons. It took her across the country, where she advocated for the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military with Washington, D.C., insiders and got a public, poolside pap smear in a bikini to raise awareness for cervical cancer prevention.
…She went on to win two Emmy’s for the show, but even her accolades came with controversy.
Griffin hasn’t been a fan of religion since grade school because of nit-picking nuns. So instead of thanking a higher power while accepting her 2007 Emmy, Griffin said this: “Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now.”
Her comments angered Catholic leaders and were later edited out for the public broadcast.
A few years before that, Griffin was fired from her gig as host of red-carpet coverage for E! Entertainment after she joked that actress Dakota Fanning, then only 10 years old, had entered rehab.
- CNN has booted Kathy Griffin from co-hosting its New Year’s Eve show with Anderson Cooper
- The comedian has also had five of her upcoming Celebrity Run-In Tour shows cancelled by venues
- Other venues are still considering axing her show after a flood of complaints
- Griffin’s shock photo shoot saw her holding up Trump’s bloody, severed head
- She has since apologized, saying: ‘I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong’
- The apology was not enough to stop Trump himself from blasting her as ‘sick’
- Democratic Senator Al Franken is refusing to cancel a public appearance with Griffin schedule for July
- But she has already seen a casino gig canceled, and lost an endorsement deal with Squatty Potty, an ergonomic toilet-aid footstool company
Regarding the headline above about Jim Carrey: but what “truth” was Griffin advocating? That she hates Trump and wants him dead? I didn’t see a deeper message in her act of holding up a fake, bloody Trump head.
And everyone already knows that 99% of liberals hate Trump, so it’s redundant and unnecessary for one to hold up a mock severed head.
We get it, you liberal guys have Trump Derangement Syndrome and have an irrational, wacko, deep-seated hatred of the guy; we don’t need to have it spelled out for us.
Kathy Griffin Fired from CNN New Year’s Eve Gig Following Presidential Decapitation Photo Scandal – May 31, 2017, by Tierney McAfee
CNN has announced that comedian Kathy Griffin will no longer appear on its New Year’s Eve special after she went public with a photo of herself holding what was intended to look like President Donald Trump‘s decapitated head.
“CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” the network’s communications team tweeted on Wednesday, one day after the gory photo surfaced and sparked outrage from both liberals and conservatives, including the president himself and First Lady Melania Trump.
“Kathy Griffin, hold up a severed leg as well,” the comedian said at the premiere of his new Showtime dramedy “I’m Dying Up Here” on Wednesday night.
Adding, “I don’t know if it’s funny, but I don’t think the joke is the problem.”
Carrey argued that Griffin didn’t cross the line — because he said there is no line to cross.
“It’s the job of the comedian to cross the line at all times,” he told Entertainment Tonight at the premiere. “That line is not real and if you step out into that spotlight and you’re doing the crazy things that [Trump is] doing, we’re the last line of defense. The comedians are the last voice of truth in this whole thing. It’s impossible to get away from it.”
Although he didn’t act on it, Carrey said he had his own fantasy about the president.
“I had a dream the other night that I was playing golf with Donald Trump,” Carrey said. “I was standing beside him with a club in my hand and I was considering my options when I suddenly woke up. It was one of those dreams where you want to go back to sleep so you can finish it, you know? But I’ve taken up golf anyway.”
Griffin faced immediate backlash for the photo stunt and was subsequently fired by CNN,where she co-hosts the annual New Year’s Eve program with Anderson Cooper.
The picture was taken down, and Griffin posted a lengthy apology video on Twitter.
Updates June 2, 2017.
She keeps digging the hole deeper. She is now playing the victim, even though she started the whole thing.
How could she pose with a bloody look-alike head of Trump and think it would go well?
Kathy Griffin said that President Trump and his family are “personally trying to ruin my life forever,” in the wake of a controversial photo shoot in which she held up a mask that resembled Trump’s severed head.
Trump and his family members tweeted their upset over the image, and Griffin said that she has been subjected to a constant stream of death threats. Her attorney, Lisa Bloom, suggested that it was an attempt to silence the free speech rights of a comic who makes provocative and critical political humor.
“What’s happening to me has never happened in this great country,” Griffin said during a press conference Friday, referring to Trump and his family members’ tweets in response to the photo shoot.
“I don’t think I will have a career after this,” she said, as she started tearing up. “I am going to be honest, he broke me. He broke me. And then I felt, ‘This isn’t right. This is not right. And I apologized because that was the right thing to do an I meant it.”
Updates July 7, 2017
Kathy Griffin was reportedly interviewed by the Secret Service for more than an hour about a controversial picture which showed her holding a bloody, decapitated Donald Trump “wig head”.
…Now it has been alleged that the stunt has led to an investigation by the Secret Service, who questioned the comic for over 60 minutes.
The claim was made by journalist Yashar Ali, who also stated that the investigation into Griffin is ongoing.
“News: Kathy Griffin has been interviewed by the Secret Service, in-person, for over an hour….investigation still not closed,” Ali, who writes for New York Magazine and the Huffington Post among other outlets, tweeted on Tuesday.
Updates July 29, 2017.
Comedian Kathy Griffin posted on Twitter Friday that she is no longer under investigation for posting a photo of herself holding a bloody fake head resembling President Donald Trump.
“TODAY. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been completely exonerated. Finally,” Griffin tweeted.
In June, Griffin’s lawyer confirmed that her client was being investigated by the Secret Service and was interviewed by the agency, The Hill reported.
Updates, August 29, 2017…….
In a new interview with The Cut published Sunday, Griffin revealed that Rosie O’Donnell — one of Trump’s most notorious sparring partners — helped convince her to release an apology video after the photo sparked intense backlash from both Republicans and Democrats.
During a phone call between the two women, O’Donnell asked Griffin, “What is James Foley’s mom going to think when she sees this?”
Foley was the American journalist who was beheaded by ISIS in 2014.
By Jessica Chasmar – The Washington Times – Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Comedian Kathy Griffin says she’s “no longer sorry” for the President Trump beheading stunt that jeopardized her career.
Ms. Griffin, who was investigated by the Secret Service and fired from her New Year’s Eve hosting gig at CNN after being photographed in May holding a Donald Trump mask covered in fake blood, said in a heated interview on Australia’s “Sunrise” TV program that she thinks the backlash was completely overblown.
“I am no longer sorry, the whole outrage was B.S., the whole thing got so blown out of proportion and I lost everybody,” she said. “Like, I had Chelsea Clinton tweeting against me. I had friends, Debra Messing from ‘Will and Grace,’ tweeting against me.
“I have been through the mill,” she added.
Ms. Griffin lashed out at co-anchor Samantha Armytage, who suggested that the infamous photo may have been “over the line.”
“No, you’re full of crap, stop this,” Ms. Griffin responded. “You know this! Stop acting like my little picture is more important than talking about the actual atrocities that the president of the United States is committing.”
Updates September 27, 2017
by Ben Kew
Embattled comedian Kathy Griffin is featured in this week’s Guardian magazine cover story, in which she defends her decision to share a photo of herself holding up a blood-soaked head of President Donald Trump.
…In the interview, Griffin explains how “anyone” would have taken the Trump photo and argues that she is the victim of “sexism and ageism” at the hands of Trump.
“I took a picture that you or anyone of your friends could make,” she said. “I put it online and was under federal investigation for conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States of America. I didn’t do anything wrong. It’s insane and I truly believe if it happened to me it could happen to you.”
Updates, May 1, 2018…….
Kathy Griffin cursed while speaking about Trump Monday on ABC’s The View
The longtime comedian retracted her apology for the infamous beheading shoot
Griffin said: ‘F*** him… and Don Jr. and Eric, or as I call them Eddie Munster and Date Rape’
Kathy Griffin didn’t hold back while speaking about President Trump during her Monday appearance on ABC’s The View.
The comedian, 57, unleashed a profanity-laced rant and announced she was withdrawing an apology she issued last year regarding her infamous Trump beheading photo shoot with photographer Tyler Shields.
‘Yeah, I take the apology back,’ she said on the morning talk show. ‘F*** him… and Don Jr. and Eric, or as I call them Eddie Munster and Date Rape.’
Griffin went on: ‘I’m not holding back on this family… this president is different and I have been through the mill and so now I’m back on the road. I sold out Carnegie Hall in less than 24 hours.’
The outspoken comedian pointed out her First Amendment rights as well as her initial reason for apologizing about the tasteless shoot.
Updates, January 2019…….
by AURELIE CORINTHIOS
January 16, 2019
Almost two years after she sparked widespread outrage for posing with a replica of President Donald Trump‘s bloodied, decapitated head in her hand, Kathy Griffin is “still frustrated” with her lack of supporters in the controversy.
On Tuesday, the comedian went after Don Cheadle on Twitter after he posted a photo in support of the Sleeping Giants, an organization that fights against bigotry and sexism.
“Oh GREAT Don,” tweeted Griffin, 58. “I will never forgive you for your nasty tweet the day my smear campaign started. You know it was a f—ing smear campaign and you have never taken a moment to apologize. Some liberal you are. Yes, my memory is long my ex friend. Shame on you. I kept a list. Fear me.”
Cheadle, 54, responded with a simple “Huh?”, which didn’t go over well with Griffin.
“You don’t remember? Look up your tweets from May 30, 2017 or May 31,” she said. “You. Of all people. Just another Hollywood movie star phony. You really had a problem with my photo? U don’t know a smear campaign from the oval office, the tabloids, the actual news, two federal investigations?”
…The tweets prompted a lengthy reply from Cheadle.
“Sigh … ok, kathy. 1) we had one conversation on a flight about our mutual disgust for individual 1. i don’t ‘friend’ that quickly so we can’t really be ‘exes,’” he said. “2) had i been your ‘friend” and you had asked my opinion, i would have said, ‘kathy. for you own sake, please do NOT depict yourself holding the bloody, severed head of the president, evoking daesh, daniel pearl and every other painful, disturbing memory associated with it, your first amendment rights notwithstanding.’ and had you said, ‘fkkk you, i’m doing it anyway,”
i would’ve said, “well girl, be prepared to have the dogs sicced on you. the secret service doesn’t play around with sh*t like that no matter WHO the president is. you’re also risking your career for what i see as zero upside. just tell him to #diagf like i do.” maybe you would have listened. doubt it.”
“3) taking every opportunity to oppose him and support those looking to unseat him, IS defending you albeit not your personal, cringe worthy photo-op,” he continued. “4) apologize for a tweet!? …5) i’m sorry that you’re still dealing with the aftershocks of your actions. it’s egregious.”
“6) this is six more than necessary answers to your ‘don’s a d— because he didn’t go on tv to champion me,’ tweet. 7) you wanna rap offline, you know how that works,” he concluded.
Hours later, Cheadle circled back to clear the air.
“tweeps. i don’t hate @kathygriffin or harbor any ill will, irrespective of the narrative several places are currently running with,” he tweeted. “i didn’t attack her before or since and don’t consider her an enemy. i’m not sure how/why this all bubbled up over a cap but let’s dead it.”
Griffin thanked him for the message.
Kathy Griffin and Don Cheadle declare peace after Twitter feud