First lady Melania Trump questioned Kathy Griffin’s mental health Wednesday after a photo shoot depicting the comedienne holding up a bloodied model of President Donald Trump’s decapitated head went viral Tuesday.
In a statement, the first lady slammed Griffin’s stunt:
As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing. When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it.
The president also weighed in on Griffin’s graphic photo shoot early Wednesday morning on Twitter and wrote, “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
On Tuesday, Griffin revealed her part in a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Tyler Shields. The product of the collaboration resulted in Griffin holding up a model head of the president, clearly separated from its body, and nearly bloodied beyond recognition. About the shoot, Griffin initially noted that she and Shields weren’t “afraid to do images that make noise.”
In a video obtained by TMZ, Griffin can be heard telling Shields that they should probably “leave for Mexico” because “we’re going to prison — federal prison.”
After facing major backlash from both the left and right, Griffin apologized on Tuesday night.
“I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong,” Griffin said in a Twitter video. “I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic, I cross the line — I move the line, then I cross it; I went way too far.”
She continued, “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,” Griffin said. “I asked your forgiveness, taking down the image, gonna 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.”
Griffin on Wednesday was fired from her duties as co-anchor of CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast, which she’d hosted for the last 10 years alongside CNN host Anderson Cooper.
“CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” a tweet from CNN’s official public relations Twitter account read.
Griffin’s firing comes on the heels of CNN’s comments Tuesday lambasting the comedienne, which read, “We found what she did disgusting and offensive. We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down.”