Kathy Griffin Apologizes for 'Disturbing' Trump Stunt: 'I Understand How It Offends People'
Griffin has expressed regret for sharing a photo of herself clutching a bloody, fake decapitated head meant to represent Donald Trump.
Actress/comedienne Kathy Griffin has publicly apologized for what she now admits was a "disturbing" stunt involving Donald Trump. After sharing an image of herself clutching a fake, bloody decapitated head bearing Trump's likeness, Griffin was subject to extreme backlash from both liberal and conservative groups.
"Hey everybody, it's me, Kathy Griffin. I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction to these images," she explained in a video posted Tuesday evening. "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. Taking down the image. I am going to ask the photographer to take down the image. And I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake and I was wrong."
The offensive image has since been removed from her socials.
In the pic, snapped by prominent celeb photographer Tyler Shields, Griffin can be seen holding "Trump's" head up in the air, her face blank.
"I caption this 'there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his ... wherever,'" Griffin tweeted along with the image.
The tweet was in reference to Trump's comment regarding former Fox anchor Megyn Kelly during election season: "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes," Trump told CNN at the time. "Blood coming out of her...wherever."
"OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever!" Griffin went on to say. "I'm merely mocking the Mocker in Chief."
These statements have since been deleted.
Shields told Fox on Tuesday the shoot was meant to "make a statement."
A number of high profile individuals, including Chelsea Clinton and Anderson Cooper, have condemned Griffin's blunder via Twitter.
Others felt that while Griffin had indeed made a mistake, Trump's actions should be more stridently criticized.
It's currently unclear if there will be further repercussions for the star.