Thursday, June 1, 2017

CNN cuts ties with Kathy Griffin for gruesome Trump video

From CTV News.

Cartoon by Michael Ramirez
Comic Kathy Griffin has lost a decade-long gig ringing in the new year for CNN as a backlash builds over her video displaying a likeness of U.S. President Donald Trump's severed head.

CNN, which had called the images "disgusting and offensive" after Griffin posted the video on Tuesday, announced Wednesday it would not invite her back this year for the Times Square live New Year's Eve special she had co-hosted annually since 2007 with CNN's Anderson Cooper.

Griffin, a comic known for her abrasive style of humour, had apologized on Tuesday, conceding that the brief video, which she originally described as an "artsy-fartsy statement" mocking the commander in chief, was "too disturbing" and wasn't funny.

"I went too far," she says in her contrite follow-up video. "I sincerely apologize."


UPDATE

A funny take on the controversy:
"ISIS Condemns Kathy Griffin For Cultural Appropriation" on Duffel Blog.

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