Nearly three months after comedienne Kathy Griffin posed for a gruesome photo of herself holding a Donald Trump mask covered in fake blood, the disgraced celebrity still refuses to admit that she was wrong.
Griffin released a video apology almost immediately after the photo’s release, but it was too little; too late, and her apology wasn’t even geared towards the Trump family, it was more of an admission that other people reacted badly to the ISIS-like image, and she said she was sorry about that.
President Trump was angry, too; especially because of the way her much-publicized photo even made it in front of young Barron Trump, 11, who was upset by the scary image of his father beheaded. He immediately tweeted, “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Members of the First Family, including Trump’s two older sons, also launched an aggressive public campaign against Griffin, who then complained that the Trump administration was going after her.
Attorney Lisa Bloom blasted out her defense of Griffin’s right to free speech and artistic expression. She blamed President Trump and his family for the suffering Griffin has endured as a result of her criticism of Trump, including the loss of her job with CNN.
“It is Trump who should apologize for his ‘blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever’ comments,” Bloom declared, stating that was the original reason Kathy then posed for a photo, holding up a “Trump mask” with blood coming out of the eyes and the “where ever.”
Bloom claimed that Griffin “never imagined” her art could be misinterpreted as an act of violence against Trump, and said her apology “should have been the end of it,” but instead she has endured “the most powerful man in America and his family targeting her” after she apologized.
In a new article published on Sunday in New York Magazine’s The Cut, Griffin admits that her hatred of Trump and love of telling nasty Trump jokes has gotten her into trouble before. It turns out that CNN president Jeff Zucker actually put a limit on how many jokes she could tell about President Trump during the network’s New Year’s Eve broadcast this past winter.
According to the article, she and Zucker had feuded in 2015 over her salary for the New Year’s Eve show, with Zucker threatening for fire Griffin over her request to increase her compensation.
The two eventually made up, but Griffin said that in the lead-up to the most recent New Year’s Eve, Zucker called her and said she could only tell four Trump-related jokes. Griffin protested, and Zucker explained that he was feeling pressure from the President to stop the media bashing, stating, “I don’t need this, you don’t need this. He’s come after me harder than anybody. I have to deal with this guy.”
The interview focused heavily on the backlash Griffin received after the “beheaded Trump” stunt, including the fact that she was fired by CNN from her role on the New Year’s Eve live show following the photo’s posting. The move ended a ten-year tradition for the comedienne, and that’s not the only gig she was fired from. A lucrative endorsement contract was canceled, and so were 15 scheduled live performances, owing to bomb threats, which she estimates cost her more than a million dollars.
Thousands of death threats rolled in, some of her close friends abandoned her, and even her beloved Fox News–loving mother, Maggie Griffin, joked to her daughter that she would not have her support, according to the report in The Cut. In fact, she may never work again.
“I don’t think I’m going to have a career after this. I’m going to be honest, he broke me,” Griffin said, according to TIME. “A sitting president of the United States and his grown children, and the First Lady, personally, I feel, are trying to ruin my life forever.”
Nevertheless, Griffin told The Cut that she won’t stop criticizing Trump in her stand-up act anytime soon.
A short promotional video she just released for her new Laugh Your Head Off tour of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand ends with an image of her in the same blouse she wore in the infamous Trump photo, holding a globe in her hand instead of a Trump mask. And she’s still carrying a grudge against Trump.
“President Trump just pardoned Joe Arpaio, who was essentially running a concentration camp in the Arizona desert,” she tells The Cut. “He said there are some good Nazis, and he’s kicking out young adults who were brought here as kids by their parents, and I’m the one who has to continue to apologize?”
She adds, “I would be abandoning my principles as a comic and a human being if I backed off President Trump or any public person. Comics by their nature are anti-establishment. They are charged with the often unenviable task of going after people in power. I will never abdicate that responsibility.”
The federal investigation launched into her beheading photo was dropped in July.