It took less than a week for comedienne Kathy Griffin’s life to be turned upside down.
Griffin ignited controversy last week after she released a photo of her holding a fake severed head made to look like President Donald Trump. The depiction was very graphic and resembled Islamic State executioners who beheaded journalists on video.
Kathy Griffin Beheads Donald Trump in Shocking Photo Shoot (PHOTO) https://t.co/UM9GHRrFf5— TMZ (@TMZ)1496167178.0
The reaction to the stunt was swift and the Secret Service even initiated an investigation into Griffin.
Now we know just how much Griffin’s career has imploded due to the photo. And it’s clear the free market is playing its role.
First, CNN severed ties with the comedienne, who had been part of the cable news network’s New Year Eve’s coverage since 2007. She co-hosted with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who said he was “appalled” by the photo.
For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.— Anderson Cooper (@Anderson Cooper)1496194008.0
Then Squatty Potty, a company that recently initiated an ad campaign with Griffin, cut ties with her and discontinued the ad campaign. Squatty Potty is a footstool used when a person goes to the bathroom.
"We were shocked and disappointed to learn about the image Ms. Griffin shared today. It was deeply inappropriate and runs contrary to the core values our company stands for,” Squatty Potty CEO Bobby Edwards said in a statement, according to Adweek. “In response, Squatty Potty has suspended its ad campaign featuring Ms. Griffin. We have acted swiftly and decisively to demonstrate our commitment to a culture of decency, civility and tolerance."
Next Griffin, who had a number of future performances scheduled, had all of her dates cancelled by the venues.
From The Associated Press:
Venues in New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and California canceled upcoming shows. The Community Arts Theater in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, posted on its website that the show had been dropped “due to the recent controversy surrounding Kathy Griffin and the concern for the safety and security of our patrons and staff.”
Finally, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) disinvited Griffin from an upcoming promotional event for his recently published book, "Giant of the Senate."
Still, despite the backlash, a teary-eyed Griffin claimed at an emotional news conference last week that Trump “broke” her and was trying to “ruin” her life.
"What's happening to me has never happened in this great country. A sitting president of the U.S. ... is personally trying to ruin my life forever,” Griffin said. “I’m going to be honest. He broke me, he broke me, he broke me."