Kathy Griffin Trump

Screengrab via tyler shields/YouTube

Kathy Griffin beheads Trump in bizarre photoshoot

Does this cross the line?


Ramon Ramirez


Published May 30, 2017   Updated May 24, 2021, 12:47 pm CDT

Comedian Kathy Griffin is holding President Donald Trump‘s lifeless, bloody head in a new photoshoot. It’s a creative partnership with provocateur photographer Tyler Shields, and TMZ landed the photos on Tuesday¬†prior to their official release.

Love the president or find him tedious, mean, and embarrassing, this shoot is certainly reverse-engineered to be bold. No word yet on whether the photos are part of a larger series, or tied to one of Griffin’s upcoming projects.



Kathy Griffin Trump
Photo by Tyler Shields


Right-wing blogs, like Breitbart, referred to the project as art, but naturally in quotation marks. They added secondary grafs about Hollywood liberals and their disdain for the commander-in-chief.

As TMZ points out, Trump has been attacked for dog-whistling hatred and inciting violence. Did the veteran comedian do the same here? Or was this basically subversive imagery done in suspect taste?

Update 10:00pm CT, May 30: Griffin apologized via Twitter about the shoot, saying that it went too far.



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*First Published: May 30, 2017, 3:45 pm CDT