Comedian and actress Kathy Griffin apologized Tuesday after placing herself in the middle of a social-media firestorm with a picture of her holding a severed head resembling President Donald Trump.
Despite initially praising the photographer and saying she was only mocking the president, Griffin admitted hours later that she was “wrong” and had gone “too far” with the gory image.
TMZ first reported on the photo shoot, and photographer Tyler Shields posted a Tweet from TMZ and a behind-the-scenes YouTube video of the shoot with Griffin.
“We have to move to Mexico today because we’re going to go to prison – federal prison,” Griffin joked to Shields in the video.
“Tyler and I are not afraid to do images that make noise,” Griffin said.
Backlash on social media was immediate.
Griffin initially defended the gory image on Twitter, calling Shields a “great photog/film maker” and saying she doesn’t condone “any violence by my fans or others to anyone.”
Under increasing pressure, however, Griffin announced hours later that she was sorry in a video posted to social media:
“I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic, I crossed 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. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career, I will continue. I ask your forgiveness, I’m taking down the image; I’ve asked the photographer to take down the image. I beg for your forgiveness, I went too far (and) I made a mistake. I was wrong.”
Trump took to Twitter himself Wednesday morning, blasting Griffin for posting the pictures. He said she should be “ashamed of herself” and revealed that his children, especially 11-year-old Barron, were having a hard time handling it: