Trump blasts comedian over severed-head photo

By AFP 31 May 2017

Donald Trump castigated a well-known comedian on Wednesday after the release of a grisly-looking photo showing her holding up a prop depicting the president's bloodied severed head.

Kathy Griffin had apologized earlier for the picture — released on Tuesday by the celebrity photographer Tyler Shields — following a wave of criticism from many quarters, saying in a video posted on Instagram that “I beg for your forgiveness” for having “crossed a line.”

“Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself,” Trump tweeted. “My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”

Griffin, an outspoken Trump critic who won two Emmy awards for her reality show “My Life on the D List,” had said she would ask Shields to remove the image from the internet.

Among those tweeting in reaction to it was Trump’s son Donald Trump, Jr. “Disgusting but not surprising,” he said. “This is the left today. They consider this acceptable.”

Chelsea Clinton — the daughter of Trump’s former election rival Hillary — also weighed in, calling the picture “vile and wrong.”

“It is never funny to joke about killing a president,” she said.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who co-hosts a New Year’s Eve program with Griffin on the network, tweeted that he was “appalled by the photo shoot.”

“It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate,” he added.

CNN called the picture “disgusting and offensive” in a statement, adding that that it is “evaluating our New Year’s coverage.”

The Secret Service said it would investigate, posting on Twitter that “threats made against @SecretService protectees receive the highest priority of all of our investigations.” DM


Support DAILY MAVERICK & get FREE UBER vouchers every month

An increasingly rare commodity, quality independent journalism costs money, though not nearly as much as its absence can cost global community. No country can live and prosper without truth - that's why it matters.

Every Daily Maverick article and every Scorpio exposé is proof of our dedication to this unshakeable mission. Investing in our news media is by far the most effective investment into South Africa's future.

You can support independent and investigative journalism by joining Maverick Insider at R150 (or more) per month AND receive R100 back in UBER vouchers. EVERY MONTH until October 2019.

So, if you'd like to help and do something meaningful for yourself and your country, then sign up to become a Maverick Insider. Together we can Defend Truth.


Leaked Treasury letter shows government rifts over NHI

By Marcus Low & Anso Thom for SPOTLIGHT


Dear Maverick Insider, meet Uber

Daily Maverick 6 hours ago

Human birth control pills are as effective for gorillas. Why anyone would give that a test is an absolute mystery.