Everyone from Chelsea Clinton to Anderson Cooper voiced disapproval of comedian Kathy Griffin for her photoshoot that featured President Trump’s bloody and decapitated head. MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” however, refused to express an opinion on it on Wednesday morning.
“Not talking about it,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said. “It’s too gross. It’s just not worth doing.”
The show quickly moved on to analyzing the word “covfefe,” which is seemingly a typo tweeted out by President Trump. It’s unclear if the MSNBC duo actually thinks Griffin’s photo is irrelevant or if they simply didn’t want to give it any more attention.
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,” POTUS tweeted. “My children, especially by 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
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.
CNN released a statement questioning the future employment of its frequent on-air contributor who has co-hosted the network’s New Year’s Eve coverage with anchor Anderson Cooper in Times Square for the last decade.
“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 Eve and have made no decisions at this point.”
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.”
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