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“The View” Reacts To Kathy Griffin’s Donald Trump Photo (VIDEO)

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The View Katy Griffin Trump Video

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On Wednesday’s “The View,” the co-hosts reacted to Kathy Griffin’s controversial photo of Donald Trump. Watch the video below.

As Gossip Cop reported, the photo shows Griffin holding Trump’s head after a beheading. The decapitated head is bloodied, and Griffin is staring right into the camera. The snapshot was taken by Tyler Shields, who is known for his boundary-pushing photo shoots. Griffin initially defended the project, claiming she was mocking Trump for his “blood” comments about Megyn Kelly.

But after backlash grew throughout Tuesday, Griffin issued a video apology last night, acknowledging that she went “too far.” On Wednesday morning, Trump himself responded, tweeting, “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick.” Now on the ABC talk show, the panelists discussed the controversy.

Whoopi Goldberg led off the live episode by saying, “Comedians are always in danger of stepping in it at some point, and right now Kathy Griffin is knee deep in it.” After asking the co-hosts for their reaction, Jedediah Bila said, “I thought it was bad. I thought it was awful. It wasn’t funny. Like it or not… he’s the president. And when I saw that, all I thought of was his kid.”

Bila brought up an inflammatory remark Ted Nugent made about Barack Obama in 2012, leading Sunny Hostin to point out, “This president invited him [Nugent] to the White House!” Sara Haines argued that Griffin’s photo was objectionable not just because Trump is president, but because “he’s a human.” She noted the visceral reactions, and the comparison to beheadings by terrorists.

Hostin went on to reveal, “It was crazy. I was emailing Whoopi most of the night. I was thinking, is this some kind of weird performance thing I don’t get?… [Whoopi] said it’s just not funny.” Goldberg commented, “As comics, we sometimes go across the line. She just made a mistake. You don’t want to bring up beheading… We just had all this violence happen in the last couple of days.”

And Behar, a comedienne herself, said, “We can discuss and argue whether the joke is funny, but I don’t see an actual joke.” But she also reminded that “Trump insinuated violence against Hillary [Clinton] at a rally,” and said that was a “little scary” for her daughter, just like it’s now upsetting for Trump’s son. “But because she’s famous it will hang around for a while. I don’t think it’s helping her career in the least,” Behar added about Griffin.

Remarked Goldberg, “She thought she had the audience for it, and what she’s discovered is it’s not there. Nobody wants to see this… Now she’ll deal with the consequences.” Hostin asked, “But is it career-ending?” The moderator cracked in response, “I don’t know what ends a career anymore. I’ve had so many.”

Haines suggested the continued vitriol Griffin is facing says more about those criticizing her than it does about her. Hostin replied, “But we’ve had this loss of civility, so perhaps people are like ‘enough is enough.’… Is it time for us as a society to say, enough is enough?” That led Behar to argue, “The mean-spiritedness comes out of the White House, and people are responding to it.”

She and Goldberg also agreed “the mistake is to group all comedians together.” Goldberg had the last words, saying, “She made a mistake and she’s paying the consequences… This is not a left or right issue. This is an issue of what’s viable for us as a nation and what is not… This is just a stupid, bad mistake one person made. We have made them. Y’all have made them. We’re moving on.” Check out the video below.

 


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