The backlash for Kathy Griffin’s infamous headless Trump photo was immense, leading to her career being obliterated and a government investigation being launched.
Yet it seems liberals have been able to once again protect one of their own from being held accountable for disgusting behavior. In a tweet, Kathy Griffin announced that she is “no longer under federal investigation” and “I have been completely exonerated.” (via ABC News)
The “joke” that started it all was when former comedian and special host for CNN, Kathy Griffin, posed with a mock severed head of Donald Trump with the caption: “There was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his …. wherever.” The caption is a reference to the spat during the primaries between Trump and former Fox News host Megyn Kelly. (via ABC News)
Trump supporters and even many Democrats were extremely critical of Griffin’s photo, resulting in a backpedaling apology from the comedian. “Hey, everybody, it’s me, Kathy Griffin. I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction to these images. I’m a comic. I crossed the line. I move the line. Then I cross it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny.” (via ABC News)
Though her apology and sincerity was appreciated, it did little to stop the storm of consequences that resulted from her photo. CNN fired her from their network, numerous colleagues and friends in the industry voiced their disgust, and she lost lucrative business deals, such as a sponsorship with Squatty Potty.
Trump and his family were swift to criticize Griffin. First Lady Melania responded to the photo, saying, “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.” (via NBC on Twitter)
Trump sent out numerous tweets; one told of how his son, Barron Trump, was upset by it. “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!” (via Donald Trump on Twitter)
The final nail in the coffin for Griffin, after her career was left in ruins, was when the Secret Service released a statement implying she would be under investigation: “The U.S. Secret Service has a critical mission. It is always unfortunate when people make statements that could be perceived as threats. We don’t have the luxury of knowing a person’s intent. Each alleged or perceived threat has to be investigated thoroughly, which taxes Secret Service manpower and resources that could be utilized elsewhere.” (via ABC News)
Yet despite the disgusting photo, the universal anger toward Griffin’s stunt, and the law supposedly stating such an act is considered a felony, Griffin isn’t going to jail. In a tweet, Griffin showed the image of an Associated Press article denying she’s facing jail time, saying, “Today. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been completely exonerated. Finally.” (via Kathy Griffin on Twitter)
Kathy Griffin is no longer under investigation after posing with a mock severed head of President Trump. Should she have been exonerated?
The massive hypocrisy and injustice of her going free is shocking. In May, an Oregon man was sentenced to 63 months in jail when he posted on social media that he wanted to kill Obama. According to the prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Billy Williams, “Violent social media posts are every bit as serious as those made in other venues. We will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute similar crimes.” (via Washington Examiner)
The only difference between what the man in Oregon said and what Kathy Griffin did is action. He directly threatened the life of a president and Griffin alluded to it. President Trump has been so unfairly treated since entering office, and Griffin being exonerated with no official punishment is more evidence of that. Political stances and parties should not determine how someone is treated, especially when it comes to threats against a president.
Hopefully the quick downward spiral of Griffin’s career will serve as a warning to anyone else who wants to make “jokes” about or threats against the president.