Comedian Kathy Griffin apparently upset a lot of people Tuesday with her photos featuring a bloody replica of Donald’s Trump’s decapitated head. The images, which Griffin shot with ex-skateboarder and photographic provocateur Tyler Shields, drew ire from pundits on both sides of the aisle, as well as first family children, and even Griffin’s CNN colleague Jake Tapper questioned their appropriateness. The most scathing condemnation, however, came from toilet stool manufacturer Squatty Potty.
Earlier this month, the company announced Griffin as its first celebrity spokesperson and released an advertisement featuring the Emmy award-winner making an assortment of “shit” jokes. After Tuesday’s backlash, Squatty Potty flushed away that relationship like a dead fish.
“While we respect an individual’s right to express political views, we feel her choice to express those views violently was done in poor taste and does not reflect our company culture or brand identity,” Dan Deceuster, Squatty Potty’s director of e-commerce, said. Squatty Potty scrubbed Griffin’s spot from the internet and claimed she’d only been hired for one commercial.
Griffin, surely sensing the threat the controversy posed to her market value, issued an apology Tuesday night. “I went way too far,” she said in a video posted on Twitter. “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.”
In an interview with Fox News, Shields sounded less regretful. “I love the idea we have freedom of speech. The fact that I’m allowed to make an image like this says a lot,” the photographer said. “Nobody’s killed me for this image so it’s not that bad. I love Kathy and I hope they let me visit her in Guantanamo.”
People know she didn’t actually decapitate the president, right?