Kathy Griffin admitted Tuesday she “went too far” in her latest photo shoot with controversial photographer Tyler Shields in which she is holding a bloodied mask of President Trump.
The bloody picture for the first time published in TMZ out Griffin’s photo session with the famous Shields, known for his shocking images.
In a Twitter post late Tuesday, Griffin said the image is too disturbing,” and that “it was not fun.”
I’m sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) 30 May 2017
“I don’t understand how insulting the people,” she said, adding: “I have made many mistakes in my career.”
According to the gossip site, Griffin joked with Shields on the set that they would need to move to Mexico after the photos were released, or fear of imprisonment. On her Twitter post on Tuesday, Griffin said that she would go to “the tearing down of the image.”
Friend text me this? “, I hear Tijuana is beautiful this time of the year.”https://t.co/JsP1paLxjB
— Tyler Shields (@tylershields) 30 May 2017
“I went too far and I was wrong,” she said.
People took to Twitter to make their contempt for the photo shoot.
@TMZ She is a disgusting human being! I hope that they are forever shunned……
— Luke Day (@Lukelakers) 30 May 2017
@TMZ Great non volient message of the peaceful liberals NOT
— Roy B (@Roy1911_45) 30 May 2017
CHARTER (@TrueCharter) 30 May 2017
@TMZ has Gone to far! They need to know and understand the concept of a joke.
— Donna Henthorn (@dlhentho) 30 May 2017
@TMZ Not funny at all @kathygriffin This photo to show how low you will go to try to stay relevant. This is sick and offensive on so many levels! ?
— ??Elizabeth??? (@Dill_Bryces_Mom) 30 May 2017
Reps for Griffin not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.
Chelsea Clinton called it “a wicked and wrong in a Twitter message.
This is corrupt and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president. https://t.co/zIiuKoMyFw
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) 30 May 2017
Shields told Fox News that Griffin hoped to make a bold message.
“Kathy and I are friends and we worked together before, so when we started doing this shoot, ” she said, ” I would like to do something in politics. I would like to make a statement,’ he explains. “We figured out what would be the best picture of it.”
Shields the image was intended to serve as an art-and he is aware that it might make some viewers uncomfortable.
“That is what art is meant to do,” he said. “Some people look and they find it delicious. Some people look and they hate it… I understand there are going to be people hate this. It is a very sensitive topic… but this is not real. We did not kill anybody, nor did I have the feeling that everyone must be killed. It is no different than a movie. It just happens to be a still image.”
Shields tweeted a link to a YouTube video with the title “Behind the scenes with Kathy Griffin” but the video is now removed. However, he later told Fox News that the video had glitches, which prompted him to take it down and then re-upload.
This is not the first time Shields’ photos have caused uproar. He was previously threatened with death over a photo that he took of the “Glee” actress Heather Morris with bruises on her face. The picture was criticized for making light of domestic violence.
For his recent collaboration with Griffin, he has no regrets.
“I can’t speak for her, [but] I know that she loves to stir the pot,” he said. “For me, I love the idea that we have freedom of speech. The fact that I am admitted to making an image like this says a lot. For me that is a powerful thing… no one killed me for this picture, so it’s not so bad. I love Kathy and I hope that they let me her in Guantanamo.”