There is certainly no shortage of people who have shared opinions about photos that show Kathy Griffin holding what appears to be President Trump’s decapitated head. But not everyone agrees that she needed to apologize.
“Jesus f—ing Christ Kathy Griffin, you’re going to apologize?” comedian and ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ writer Mike Lawrence posted to Facebook on Wednesday. “You know what you did and should own it. It wasn’t a riff onstage or a joke you had done once or twice. It was a photo shoot … You wanted to shock people and you did. And now you’re admitting you farted but didn’t expect it would stink as much as you thought.”
Lawrence continued, “Of course CNN would fire you, and a—holes who don’t care about families and love to defund schools and social programs are crying ‘think of the children.’ You wanted a reaction and got it. So live in it. Don’t apologize. This is you now. Think of the next shocking thing. Be the Joan Rivers meets Marina Abromavic performance artist shock comic you always wanted to be.”
Meanwhile, Rosie O’Donnell tweeted about Griffin’s stunt by saying that she “didn’t find it funny at all.” But O’Donnell, a longtime critic of Trump’s, has also retweeted a number of messages from users who say that similar actions — including people burning or lynching effigies of Barack Obama — have not been met with the same level of outrage.
After the controversial images were released Tuesday, Griffin issued a mea culpa, saying she “went too far.” The list of those who have condemned the photos is a lengthy one and includes Donald and wife Melania.
Meanwhile, CNN announced that she will no longer appear as co-host of its annual “New Year’
However, some individuals have taken to social media amid the controversy to at least defend Griffin’s right to comment and provoke, even if they don’t necessarily with her exact method.
Check out a smattering of tweets below from people who appear to support Griffin’s right to comment on Trump. (Note: Some of the tweets contain profanities.)
"Free speech" martyrs crying over a stunt from a comedian. It's like they don't care about "free speech" unless it's them spouting bigotry
— New York City Antifa (@NYCAntifa) May 31, 2017
CNN just fired Kathy Griffin from the New Year's Eve show with Anderson Cooper.
I don't care to defend her but that's bullshit. For real.
— #MalcolmXMonth ♠ (@JohnnyACE562) May 31, 2017
I would defend Kathy Griffin on grounds of artistic expression but she won't even do that herself, so fuck it I guess.
— Cameme Paglia (@TheyLiveGlasses) May 31, 2017
Kathy Griffin has no spine. If you felt strongly enough to make the video! Then stand proud in front of the world and defend it!
— Phil (@Whig4Life) May 31, 2017
"Can you imagine what would happen to a conservative who advocated violence against Obama?" Yeah, I can, you dumb ghouls. pic.twitter.com/xESjyXQb6j
— Cord Jefferson (@cordjefferson) May 31, 2017
Not to defend Kathy Griffin, but Trumpies have been demanding free speech and the death of being PC.
That's what it looks like. Want it?
— Armored Chocobo (@ArmoredChocobo) May 31, 2017
Btw, the people wanting Kathy Griffin shut down for a joke? The same people who defend anti-PC jokes. Must have slipped their fucking minds.
— PerfectHarbinger (@PerfectHarb) May 31, 2017
I'll totally defend Kathy Griffin. Trump & ReThugs reap what they sow. https://t.co/aNFlQuqlV2
— Imperator FatAss (@LDBogart) May 31, 2017
Still the Kathy Griffin thing. Would I have done it? No. Was it appropriate? No. But, I defend her right to express herself.
— ddd (@ddd_deborah) May 31, 2017