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Kathy Griffin Apologizes for Photo Showing Her Holding Decapitated Donald Trump Head

Kathy Griffin took to Twitter on Tuesday, May 30, to apologize for a photo that showed her holding a bloody, decapitated head resembling Donald Trump, after she was slammed on social media by liberals and conservatives alike.

“Hey everybody, it’s me, Kathy Griffin,” she said in a video message on Tuesday. “I sincerely apologize. I’m just now seeing the reaction to these images. I’m a comic. I cross 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’m going to ask the photographer to take down the image and I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a big mistake and I was wrong.”

Griffin caused outrage across the internet on Tuesday after the image taken by photographer Tyler Shields surfaced online. “Tyler and I are not afraid to do images that make noise,” the comedian said in a behind-the-scenes video posted on YouTube.

The president’s son Donald Trump Jr. condemned the photo, tweeting that it was “Disgusting but not surprising.”

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On the other side of the aisle, President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, wrote on Twitter, “This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president.”

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Several conservatives expressed outrage online and called for Griffin and photographer Shields to be investigated and arrested. The U.S. Secret Service responded to the controversy, tweeting that it was “On it!” and adding that the branch “has a robust protective intelligence division that monitors open source reporting & social media to evaluate threats.”

Anderson Cooper, who has hosted CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve broadcast with Griffin, tweeted on Tuesday night: “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”

Oliver Darcy, CNN’s senior media reporter, tweeted comments from a CNN spokesperson, who said, “We found what she did disgusting and offensive. We are pleased to see she has apologized.” Darcy added that the New Year’s Eve special was being evaluated.

 

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Monica Lewinsky Defends Barron Trump: ‘All Children Need to Be Protected’

Monica Lewinsky is coming to Barron Trump’s defense over cyberbullying. Lewinsky, who had an infamous affair with former President Bill Clinton when she was a White House intern, spoke out about President Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son via Twitter on Monday, January 23.

Monica Lewinsky attends MARINA 70 at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on December 8, 2016 in New York City.Monica Lewinsky attends MARINA 70 at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on December 8, 2016 in New York City. Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

“all children need to be protected from bullying + mockery. (incl #barrontrump),” Lewinsky, 43, tweeted. “let’s be better than this.” The TV personality also reposted a Bustle article about the cruel remarks that Barron received during his father’s presidential inauguration on Friday, January 20.

Lewinsky herself has been mercilessly bullied in the public eye. In March 2015, Lewinsky said during a TED Talk that she lost her reputation and dignity because of the scandal. “Not a day goes by that I am not reminded of my mistake, and I regret that mistake deeply,” she said at the time.

Melania Trump puts her arm around son Barron Trump on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. Melania Trump puts her arm around son Barron Trump on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today’s inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. Alex Wong/Getty Images

The former Celebrity Apprentice host, 70, meanwhile, alluded to Lewinsky’s cheating scandal while campaigning against Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton during the election.

As previously reported, Modern Family star Julie Bowen was criticized for joking about Donald and Melania Trump’s son via Twitter last week. “I think Barron is on his Gameboy. Can’t say I blame him,” she captioned one photo of the boy looking down during the swearing-in ceremony. Bowen, 46, went on to joke about a photo that showed Barron looking upset. “Barron, a voting majority shares your horror,” she wrote.

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