There’s no one on the planet that would think that posting a picture of themselves holding a fake, bloody, severed head of the president of the United States, even for a joke, wouldn’t cause a storm of outrage. That is, except for Kathy Griffin and ISIS.
Griffin had no reservations about posting the image even though she knew it would spark outrage and could be perceived as a threat (she and the photographer even joked during the shoot about leaving for Mexico to avoid federal prison). She even added an all-caps disclaimer on Twitter that she “OBVIOUSLY” doesn’t condone “ANY violence” and that she was “merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.” But the damage was already done. And it wasn’t just the Right that called out her stupidity, the Left — even some of her famous pals — came after her, too.
Even the Church of Satan didn’t want to be associated with such barbarity:
The Secret Service was alerted to the photo and tweeted, “On it!”
And so, as the heat turned way up under Griffin’s feet and the thought of time in federal prison suddenly seemed all too real, she finally realized the error of her ways and predictably released an apology video:
“Hey everybody, it's me, Kathy Griffin. I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction to these images. I'm a comic. I crossed 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. It wasn't funny. I get it. I've made a lot of mistakes in my career. I will continue. I ask your forgiveness. Taking down the image. I am going to ask the photographer to take down the image. And I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake and I was wrong."
Now, the hits to her career begin. Route 66 Casino Hotel announced the cancelation of her upcoming stand-up gig in July. And promotional ads that Griffin did for a device that makes pooping easier (you read that right) have been pulled:
But the question remains, will CNN pull Griffin as co-host from its New Year’s Eve coverage?