Veterans of Foreign Wars Condemn Kathy Griffin’s ‘Revolting Attack’

The image, from photographer Tyler Shields, ignited a firestorm of controversy when it was first published online by TMZ in May. (Tyler Shields/TMZ)
Tyler Shields

The Veterans of Foreign Wars — the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization — on Wednesday condemned Kathy Griffin’s photo shoot featuring her holding a severed bloody head resembling President Trump.

“The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. strongly condemns comedian Kathy Griffin’s incredibly revolting attack on the President of the United States,” the VFW National Commander Brian Duffy said in a statement.

Duffy also rejected Griffin’s apology. The comic apologized in a video posted on Twitter Tuesday evening.

“I sincerely apologize,” she said. “I’m a comic. I cross the line. I move the line and then I cross it. I went way too far. The image is way too disturbing.”

Duffy responded: “Her apology is not accepted. What she did was not humorous nor should it be protected speech or expression. Playing to an audience with a severed head is what our enemies do.”

Terrorist groups — particularly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — have glorified beheadings in its video propaganda. In 2015, ISIS beheaded Army veteran Peter Kassig, then an aid worker in Syria.

VFW also called for the United Service Organization (USO), an organization supporting service members and sometimes hosting celebrities to entertain troops overseas, to end its relationship with Griffin.

“The USO should immediately end its relationship with her,” Duffy said.

CNN said in a statement late Tuesday it is evaluating whether Griffin will be a part of its annual New Year’s Eve Live program, as she has every year since 2007 with anchor Anderson Cooper.

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