Kathy Griffin Holds President Trump’s Severed Head In Controversial Photo

“Mocking the Mocker-in-Chief”

Update: Kathy Griffin released an apology video after sweeping condemnation of the photo. She has asked the photographer to take the photo down and has added in part “I sincerely apologize. I’m just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic. I cross the line. I move the line. And then I cross it. I went way too far…It wasn’t funny. I get it. I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I was wrong.”


May 30th, 2017 – Kathy Griffin made shock waves after releasing video of her recent photoshoot with Tyler Shields where the controversial comic is seen holding the severed head of President Trump. The bloody image turned some heads, made some people scratch their heads and found others demanding that heads roll.

TMZ obtained photos and behind the scenes footage of the shoot. They noted that Shields, a photographer known for his gory imagery, was comically warned by Griffin that the duo may have to head south of the border after his latests snaps were published.

“Kathy joked that she and Tyler would need to move to Mexico once the pics got released, for fear they’d be thrown in prison.”

Knowing the reaction would be fierce, Shields attempted to get ahead of the outrage by saying the imagery is intentionally uncomfortable to serve the purpose of art and that Griffin had wanted to make a bold political statement.

“That’s what art is meant to do,” he told Fox News. “Some people look at it and they love it. Some people look at it and they hate it… I understand there are going to be people that hate this. It’s a very touchy subject… but this is not real. We didn’t kill anybody nor do I feel anybody should be killed. It’s no different from a movie. It just happens to be a still image.”

Kathy Griffin Holds President Trump's Severed Head In Controversial Photo
Behind the scenes video from Tyler Shields via YouTube.
Kathy Griffin Holds President Trump's Severed Head In Controversial Photo
Behind the scenes video from Tyler Shields via YouTube.

Griffin herself attempted to preemptively get ahead of the controversy. Taking to Twitter, she said she’s titling the piece after Trump’s own controversial joke about former Fox News host Megyn Kelly – as then-candidate Trump said Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever” after he didn’t like her debate questions.

New York Magazine writer Yashar Ali also spoke with Griffin, who again fell back on the artistic expression defense.

Griffin and Shields aren’t the only ones getting their opinions out in the open. Everyone from Don Jr. and Keith Olbermann to most likely your friends and your relatives were commenting. And while some drew from “remember whens” and referenced many instances of Obama noose imagery and recent White House visitor Ted Nugent’s request for Obama to “suck on my machine gun,” a great deal of people from both sides of the political spectrum seem to be condemning the photo.

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  1. How many posts are you going to make about this, and you do realize everyone else beat you to this days ago? This is tired news now. I guess I should be glad you’re at least finally posting things that could actually be construed as either funny or offensive.