Kathy Griffin Rescinds Apology Over Donald Trump Beheading Controversy
Kathy Griffin says she’s no longer sorry for the controversial photo of herself holding Donald Trump’s severed head.
The comedian had previously said she was sorry for the controversial May photoshoot, but in a new interview with Sunrise, Griffin rescinded the apology.
“I am no longer sorry,” Griffin said. “The whole outrage was B.S., the whole thing got so blown out of proportion and I lost everybody.”
Griffin went on to express surprise that everyone from Chelsea Clinton to Debra Messing turned against her in the aftermath of the Trump photo, saying that “these Trump fans, they’re hardcore.” When the Sunrise host suggested to Griffin that her photo was over the line, as evidenced by the fact that even Democrats distanced themselves from it, Griffin immediately shot back.
“No, you’re full of crap,” Griffin said. “Stop this. 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.”
Griffin also said that she can’t wait to get back on stage and expose Donald Trump, adding, “No, I don’t apologize for that photo anymore, and I think the outrage is complete B.S. because we have real things to deal with.”
At the time that Griffin’s picture was released, there were some reports that Barron Trump saw it and was extremely disturbed because he thought it was real. Griffin told Sunrise this week that she doesn’t believe this happened.
“I’m also having trouble buying the story that I damaged Barron because I think he’s seen stuff way worse than that photo coming out of his own father,” Griffin said.
Back in May, Griffin released a video on her Instagram account apologizing for the Trump photo. This video has since been removed from her Instagram page, but in it she said, “I sincerely apologize…I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it…I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake, and I was wrong.”
Earlier this week, Kathy Griffin told The Cut that she was not sorry for the Trump photo anymore. She also revealed in that interview that she is no longer friends with Anderson Cooper; Griffin says that she ended the friendship after Cooper repudiated her on air and did not reach out to her to see how she was doing for three months.