Al Franken: Kathy Griffin can recover from 'horrible mistake'

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 1, 2017

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday morning to express his outrage over photos and video of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a bloody, decapitated head resembling that of the president. I went too far.

Griffin apologized Wednesday. "I sincerely apologize", she said. Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., called on sponsors of Griffin, including CNN, to condemn the comedian. Suffice to say it showed the comedian holding up the president's severed head, with a relatively blank look on her face.

Griffin has apologized, conceding that the brief video, which she originally described as an "artsy-fartsy statement" mocking the commander in chief, was "too disturbing" and wasn't amusing.

A New Mexico casino said it has canceled a performance by Griffin.

Griffin, who had regularly participated in CNN's annual New Year's Eve coverage, was universally criticized for the grotesque image.

In light of the images, Squatty Potty, a line of footstools for toilets, pulled from air a new ad campaign starring Griffin.

The Minnesota senator, who is a vocal critic of the president, said he called Griffin to express that the photo "was way, way, way, way over the line".

"I'm merely mocking the Mocker in Chief", she said in a Tweet of defense.

The reality show was Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. At the time, Griffin said she and photographer Tyler Shields "are not afraid to do images that make noise".

"As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing", Melania Trump said in a statement. "We have acted swiftly and decisively to demonstrate our commitment to a culture of decency, civility, and tolerance". I ask for your forgiveness.

Apologies can only get you so far though, as Griffin is learning the hard way.

Complaints and criticisms of the vile image poured in from both liberals and conservatives - among them Chelsea Clinton, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Jake Tapper, and Keith Olbermann.

"We were shocked and disappointed to learn about the image Ms. Griffin shared today, it was deeply inappropriate and runs contrary to the core values our company stands for".

Kathy Griffin, 56, has appeared in numerous second-tier films and television programs.

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