It's hard to find anything people on both sides of the political divide can agree on, but -- at least today -- it's Kathy Griffin. Almost everyone thinks her recent photo shoot was disgusting, with the possible exception of the photographer who shot the image. Griffin eventually apologized for the photo, which showed her holding a bloody decapitated head resembling President Donald Trump:
The Right used the image as an example of liberal hypocrisy, talking about love while showing intolerance and hate. The Left used the image to emphasize the point that it's not OK when conservatives cross the line with thinly veiled threats to Obama and Clinton (and they've gone there, multiple times), so it's not OK to do the same to Trump.
Here are some reactions to Griffin's photo shoot:
For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) May 31, 2017
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
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
It wasn't right when peoplel hung lynched Obama effigies, just as what Kathy Griffin did isn't right now.— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) May 30, 2017
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
Thanks, Kathy Griffin, but I really wasn't looking for common ground with Trumpists in support of an ignorant, lying, traitorous, goon thug.— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) May 30, 2017
Here's Griffin's apology:
This Kathy Griffin thing is so upsetting and disgusting. Jesus--what is wrong with people today? Have we lost all our humanity?— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) May 30, 2017
I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. http://pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017
Photographer Tyler Shields explained and defended the concept of the shoot in a talk with EW.
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