Kathy Griffin emboldened to rescind apology for severed head photo
Kathy Griffin has rescinded her apology.
Almost a year ago the comedian posted a controversial photo of herself holding up a bloody facsimile of Donald Trump’s severed head. She faced major backlash that threatened her career, before apologizing for the entire episode.
Now, she’s revisiting the controversy, and the only thing that Griffin says she regrets is her mea culpa, according to the Daily Beast.
“I take the apology back,” she said during an appearance Monday on “The View.” She then punctuated her statement with an expletive directed at Trump. She also said she was sorry, not sorry for her attacks on Trump’s oldest sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, whom she referred to as “Eddie Munster and date rape.”
“Look, I’m not holding back on this family,” said the 57-year-old comic. “This president is different and I have been through the mill and so now I’m back on the road.”
Griffin was roundly condemned for the grisly photo, and not just by Trump supporters. Her bipartisan critics included Trump Jr., former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and liberal actor Debra Messing.
Griffin said the harsh social media reaction made her back down at the time, and she agreed that the image was “too disturbing.”
“I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong,” she said.
Apparently, Griffin has taken another 180-degree turn, and she seems to have been emboldened by Michelle Wolf’s no-holds barred appearance at the White House Correspondents Dinner over the weekend.
She told the hosts of “The View” that her apology made her “part of the Trump woodchipper, which Michelle Wolf is in now.” She said the photo was her statement about Trump’s misogyny, and she no longer feels that she “went too far.”
“No, not now,” she said. “Not when I see his policies.”
Co-host Joy Behar asked Griffin why she would risk another backlash.
“It’s important,” replied Griffin. “The First Amendment is the first amendment for a reason.”
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