Kathy Griffin fired by CNN over Trump photo controversy

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2017

Shields shot this photo of Kathy Griffin holding the fake decapitated and bloody head of President Donald Trump - and people are not responding to it well, especially First Lady Melania Trump. CNN fired Griffin on Wednesday from her televised New Year's Eve gig with Anderson Cooper.

Cooper also issued a stern rebuke of the comedian on Twitter, writing,"For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate", Anderson tweeted. "I sincerely apologize", Griffin said in a Twitter video Tuesday.

Ms Griffin, 56, who had co-hosted CNN's annual New Year's Eve coverage for the last decade, apologised on Tuesday and said she had asked the celebrity photographer Tyler Shields to remove the picture from the internet. There were a lot of people around that could have said, 'You know what, this crosses a line'.

"I think she was thinking she was making some artistic statement, but that image has no place in our political dialogue", Al Franken, a Democratic senator from Minnesota and a former comedian on long-running television show Saturday Night Live, told MSNBC. Both conservatives and liberals criticized her actions and agreed that she "crossed the lines".


But not many people are now laughing about Kathy Griffin's recent photo shoot with dramatic photographer Tyler Shields. No matter how disturbing, experts say the image didn't break the law.

Early Wednesday morning, Trump called the photo "sick" and said Griffin "should be ashamed of herself".

Trump made his thoughts known on Twitter, saying his 11-year-old son Barron is "having a hard time with this".

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Hillary Clinton, who won the most votes in the 2016 election, called the photo "vile and wrong". I understand how it offends people, it wasn't amusing, I get it. "I get it", the Emmy and Grammy victor continued. "I beg for your forgiveness, I went too far, I made a mistake and I was wrong".


The first video showed a straight-faced Griffin slowly lifting the bloody head.

"If you step out into that spotlight and you're doing the insane things that [Trump is] doing", Carrey continued, "we're the last line of defense". I went way too far.

But it's also worth noting that Trump had a much different reaction when musician Ted Nugent who later supported his run for president also joked about killing the then commander in chief (Pres. Obama).


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