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Kathy Griffin got caught in a storm of controversy in May when she released a viral image and video of herself holding a Halloween mask of Donald Trump covered in ketchup. Critics said the picture looked like a severed head, symbolism Griffin denied. In the aftermath, Griffin apologized several times. But now she has changed her mind. In a recent interview, Griffin said,
I'm no longer sorry. The whole outrage was BS.
In fact, in an interview on Australia's Sunrise, Kathy Griffin pointed out that outspoken progressives like Chelsea Clinton and Debra Messing criticized her and condemned the image. Griffin said she had to end her comedy tour after 24 hours because theaters began receiving death threats.
The morning talk show's host, Samantha Armytage, returned to the point that Chelsea Clinton and Debra Messing are not among Trump's fans. Armytage reiterated that many Democrats called the stunt out of line, and she asked,
I get that comedy is about pushing the boundaries and being politically incorrect, and that's fine, but do you not agree that that picture ... was a bit over the line?
No, you're full of crap. Stop acting like my little picture is more important than talking about the actual atrocities that the President of the United States is committing.
Kathy Griffin said she wants people to see that what happened to her could happen to anyone. Griffin said she has "dealt with misogyny and sexism" not just since the social media blunder but since the beginning of her career. For this reason, she took back her apology and also noted that people have "real" things to deal with.
The sentiment was one Kathy Griffin and her attorney, Lisa Bloom, hinted at during the lengthy televised apology in June. But before then, Griffin posted a wholehearted apology in which she said,
I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. I'm a comic. I crossed the line. I moved the line; then I crossed it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny.
The image in question and video that followed led to condemnation from people on both sides of the political spectrum. Many people wondered if Griffin was promoting violence. She later said she was not. Griffin has described the image as a poorly executed artistic response to a defamatory remark Donald Trump made about conservative political commentator Megyn Kelly.
From the sounds of it, Kathy Griffin is ready to talk about the entire ordeal in her new shows. Still, it doesn't seem as if the controversy is going anywhere.