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Comedian Kathy Griffin apologises for ‘beheading Donald Trump’ photo shoot

TAP | Updated: May 31, 2017

Los Angeles, May 31: US comedian Kathy Griffin has apologised for being pictured holding up a bloodied head resembling Donald Trump.
The comic wrote alongside a video posted to Instagram: “I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong.”
She said: “I beg for your forgiveness.”
The gruesome photos were taken in a shoot with celebrity photographer Tyler Shields, who is known for work depicting violence. 
In 2010, Shields photographed Lindsay Lohan brandishing a gun.
Ms Griffin said that since she is a comedian, “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. It wasn’t funny. I get it.”  
The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, was swift to condemn the images.
This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president. https://t.co/zIiuKoMyFw
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 30, 2017
“Disgusting but not surprising,” he wrote on Twitter. 
“This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS?”
Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS? https://t.co/QdghcbIjS7
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 30, 2017
He wrote three further tweets asking CNN if Ms Griffin would continue to co-host the network’s annual New Year’s coverage.
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Mr Trump’s former rival presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, branded the photos “vile and wrong”, writing on Twitter that it is “never funny to joke about killing a president”. PTI
 

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