Bill Maher Interviews Kathy Griffin About Her Infamous Beheaded Trump Photoshoot, Blames Photographer

You likely remember the photoshoot in which Tyler Shields photographed Kathy Griffin holding a fake decapitated head of Donald Trump, which ignited quite the firestorm of controversy. In this interview, she sits down with Bill Maher to discuss her feelings on the fallout from the image.

The image resulted in severe career repercussions for Griffin as well as multiple investigations by the government. It also caused a great amount of debate about the decency and appropriateness of such an image, with many arguing that the image was within her First Amendment rights and others claiming that even so, it went too far. In the interview, Griffin is fairly clear about her position, calling the image "distasteful but not illegal." Both she and Maher seem to believe that the photo may have gone too far but that the fallout was excessive and the resources spent on investigating Griffin were a waste (for his part, Maher blames the photographer), saying that the controversy went on far too long after Griffin apologized. Of course, I wasn't on the set, and I can't tell you whose idea it actually was, but it's quite interesting to hear Griffin's perspective now almost a year after the photo was released. 

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Claims first amendment when it fits their narrative.

Too politically incorrect for you, snowflake?

Johnny Rico's picture

"...but it's quite interesting to hear Griffin's perspective..." Not really.

Lane Shurtleff's picture

Agreed. She's had many month to concoct whatever story she could use to shift blame to others. Typical Liberal. And yes, before you all start blasting me, I live in California and registered Dem, but I am furious at what is taking place now.

Spy Black's picture

"Typical Liberal. And yes, before you all start blasting me, I live in California and registered Dem..."

Who's buying this? Your dog?

Lane Shurtleff's picture

I'm trying to say that the current SJW's are far more anti- free speech and counter-productive than any alt-right theorist is. This constant divide by Trump is only making things extremely worse. And Trump, acting like a petulant child calling people he doesn't like names (or calls them a nickname) is only creating bigger problems. Just like the metto movement and this hate speech women are using to get their way only for a short time before it all backfires in their face. Just wait and see.

If she did that to the president of any other country and lived in that country, similar or worse punishment would have been done I'd bet.
At the very least, it was distasteful (doesn't matter who you did it to). If someone famous did it to her, I'm sure she'd be up in arms about it...
And blaming the photographer is ridiculous... I'll bet she came up with the idea and they just photographed it...

Anonymous's picture

The problem isn't the photographer, or Kathy Griffin, it's the abuse of power from the government. If you look at the comments from Breitbart and Fox News, you'll see just as many horrific ideas being propagated about opposition politicians. They even go beyond the tastelessness of her image (which she is to blame for BTW, she was the celebrity, she had all of the power).

She committed no crime, but is treated as a criminal. That's the real issue. That should offend the people who carry the pocket-size Bill of Rights everywhere more than anything. I can only imagine the uproar if people were detained every time they took a flight for exercising their 2nd amendment rights.

When you're standing on the edge of a line, it can be difficult to see the difference a few inches make.

Anonymous's picture

True. I didn't like it. I would not have shot it. Effigy is a pretty tried and true form of speech though. Google "Obama effigy" and see what I mean.

Oh, I know. I can't imagine how anyone would feel, seeing something like that with yourself as the subject.

Anonymous's picture

Of course. That hasn't nothing to do with the point that the state is harrassing a tax payer for legal activity.

I guess I'm not particularly concerned with breaking laws so much as moral behavior. The consequences for one are nothing compared to the other.

Anonymous's picture

If morality is something that keeps you up at night, I'm sure you've got much bigger concerns than Kathy Griffin.

Anyone, not concerned with the morality of their actions, has something to be concerned about but sadly doesn't realize it.

I don't care about Kathy Griffins troubles, relative to this incident, but hope the best for her.

BTW. I hadn't noticed your Golden before. We've had two. Great dogs! :-)

Michael Holst's picture

By that do you mean it's not so bad because look what people did to Obama effigies?

Anonymous's picture

No. I was citing it as a precedent of protected speech that was equally offensive yet did not result in a government abuse of power.

The application of law has never been equal and is performed with a double-edged sword.

Anonymous's picture

Maybe not, but it was designed to be. If the GOP is your preferred party, keep in mind they won't be in power forever if history is any indication. A lot of people think ownership of certain weapons to be immoral despite being legal.

Politics don't particularly interest me and I'm not sure I understand your point about gun ownership as it relates to this discussion.

Morality, despite what most people think, isn't subjective. If two individuals disagree about what is or isn't moral, at least one of them is wrong and possibly both.

Anonymous's picture

Both controversial rights granted by the US Constitution with moral implications.

Oh. Now I understand. Morality is something you bring to a situation, not something inherent in it. Being human has moral implications.

William Howell's picture

Brutal, just brutal logic, there are tons of moral turpitude on the left side of the political aisle, but when they are called out they say it is a right that cannot be touched, even at the ninth month.

Michael Holst's picture

{grabs popcorn}

:-)

I'm not convinced political affiliation makes that big a difference. Try to look beyond obvious distinctions to see subtle similarities. Just a thought.

Anonymous's picture

I never brought up the morality of this. I never said I supported it. I simply said the greater concern to society should not be what a horrible comedian with no power abuses their position, it should be the state abuses its position. No one wants to seem to want to talk about that. Now we're all the way to abortion. This thread is now the placeholder for "Whataboutism" in the dictionary.

Anonymous's picture

It's in the video.

She claims she was harassed by the Justice Department, put on a No-Fly list for a period of time and on an Interpol watch list causing her to be detained every time she flies.

Anonymous's picture

Yes. She says it is.

William Howell's picture

What is your view on “family planning” at the ninth month?

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