President Donald Trump wasted no time Wednesday morning blasting “sick” comedian Kathy Griffin for her photo featured a bloody and decapitated head of him.
“Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself,” POTUS tweeted. “My children, especially by 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
The red-headed comedian came under immediate fire on Tuesday after photographer Tyler Shields posted a photo and video from a shoot featuring Griffin holding the bloodied disembodied head of a man looking remarkably like Trump.
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
The comedian quickly expressed her regret in an emotional video that she tweeted on Tuesday. “I sincerely apologize — I am just now seeing the reaction of these images,” she said. “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.”
On Tuesday, Griffin lost an endorsement deal over the photos, which were quickly removed from Shields’ website. Squatty Potty, the designers and creators of Squatty Potty toilet stools and Unicorn Gold bathroom products, cut ties with the comedian in the wake of backlash from the bloody images.
Earlier on Tuesday, CNN released a statement questioning the future employment of its frequent on-air contributor who has co-hosted the network’s New Year’s
“We found what she did disgusting and offensive,” a spokesperson for the network told TheWrap. “We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down. We are evaluating New Year’s
Anderson Cooper also tweeted his feelings on the outcry, saying: “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”