Kathy Griffin Becomes the Butt of Her Own Joke

After publishing a photo of herself holding the (simulated) bloodied head of Donald Trump, Kathy Griffin is watching as all her friends, co-workers and defenders denounce her actions. CNN ended its relationship with the comedian, who frequently co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve festivities with Anderson Cooper. Cooper himself tweeted, “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.” Trump, not surprisingly, tweeted about how “sick” it was, noting that his 11-year-old son was having an especially hard time dealing with it. Over at The View, Whoopi Goldberg condemned the act, but said Griffin learned from her mistake: “All I can say is how I feel and what I feel is, she made a mistake and she’s paying the consequence.” Although it’s against the law to make a “true threat” against someone, the First Amendment protects parody and satire. If this wound up in court, which is unlikely, the court would most likely find that the comedian was making a joke, and not a true threat against the life of the president.