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Kathy Griffin Apologizes for Bloody, Decapitated Trump Image

"I'm a comic. I crossed the line. I moved the line, then I crossed it. I went way too far," Griffin said

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    Comedian Kathy Griffin says she went too far in making fun of President Donald Trump. During a recent photo shoot, Griffin held a fake bloody, severed head in the likeness of the president. The backlash was swift and Griffin issued an apology on social media. “I sincerely apologize,” she said. “I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny.”

    (Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017)

    Comedian Kathy Griffin has apologized in a Twitter video after receiving backlash on social media Tuesday about photographs of her holding a bloody, decapitated head resembling President Donald Trump.

    "I'm a comic. I crossed the line. I moved the line, then I crossed it. I went way too far," Griffin said.

    "The image is too disturbing," she added. "I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny.”

    Griffin took down the images from her Twitter account and said she asked the photographer to also take down images.

    Griffin had posed for the shot during a photo session with photographer Tyler Shields, known for "edgy, shocking pics," according to TMZ.

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    President Trump slammed Griffin on Twitter Wednesday morning, writing that she "should be ashamed of herself" and that his son Barron was "having a hard time with this." 

    His wife Melania Trump said hours later that the photo was "simply wrong." 

    "As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing," she said in a statement to NBC News. "When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it."

    Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., was the first Trump family member to rebuke Griffin, saying the picture was "disgusting but not surprising." Without specifically mentioning the Griffin image, the official Twitter account of the Secret Service tweeted they were "on it" in response to calls to investigate the comedian.

    Chelsea Clinton was also among those who slammed the image.

    The question was also raised of whether Griffin's photos would affect the comic's relationship with CNN; she has co-hosted the news network's New Year's Eve coverage with Anderson Cooper for years.

    Cooper tweeted that he was "appalled" by Griffin's photo shoot, calling it "clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate."

    In a statement on Tuesday CNN said it was "evaluating" New Year's Eve and has not made any decisions yet. By Wednesday afternoon, CNN said it had cut ties with Griffin. 


    Before the apology, Griffin appeared in a behind-the-scenes video and noted that "Tyler and I aren't afraid to do images that make noise." 

    "We have to move to Mexico today because we're gonna go to prison - federal prison," she joked. "Because we're not surviving this."