The Secret Service said they took it as a threat and will investigate.
In a fury that seemed to outrage social media today, Kathy Griffin participated in a graphic photo shoot depicting the beheading of Donald Trump.
The comedian has since gone on Facebook to make an apology saying that she went too far, and she is begging for the public’s forgiveness.
“Hey everybody it’s me Kathy Griffin,” she says in the video.”I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction from these images. I’m a comic, I crossed the line; I moved the line, then I crossed it and went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it affects people—it wasn’t funny, I get it. I have made a lot of mistakes in my career and I will continue. I ask your forgiveness. Taking down the image. I’m gonna ask the photographer to take down the image. And I want to beg for your forgiveness. I went too far; I made a mistake and I was wrong.”
This apology is made not soon after The United States Secret Service made an announcement on Twitter saying they don’t take threats against the president lightly.
“On it! @SecretService has a robust protective intelligence division that monitors open source reporting & social media to evaluate threats.” U.S. Secret Service - Twitter
Also "Squatty Potty" has come forward with a statement to San Diego Gay and Lesbian News saying that Griffin was never their spokesperson and only made one commercial for them which they have since pulled after the controversy.
Dan Deceuster, Director of Ecommerce, said, “While we respect an individual's right to express political views, we feel her choice to express those views violently was done in poor taste and does not reflect our company culture or brand identity."
The photographer, Tyler Shields, who took the photo originally defended the decision to create the effigy of the president, saying to BuzzFeed, “I like to make things and let people make up their own minds about it, but I understand with this that some people will praise it and some people will absolutely hate it.”
See also: Kathy Griffin fired from CNN