Kathy Griffin's publicity stunt didn't go as she had hoped. The brash comedian was photographed by controversial photographer Tyler Shields holding a bloody mask of President Trump.
Her hope was to make a political statement, presumably one that her Hollywood peers would applaud. The reaction has been quite the opposite. Even Anderson Cooper, who has cohosted CNN's New Year's Eve coverage with the actress, publicly chastised her inappropriate move.
Of course, as when any public figure does something heavily criticized, Griffin has made an apology, saying she went too far.
But her photographer has a totally different tune. Instead of being apologetic, Shields doesn't think there was anything wrong with the gory photo, reports Fox News.
“Kathy and I are friends and we work together before, so when we started doing this shoot, she said, ‘I’d love to do something political. I’d love to make a statement,’” he explained. “We kind of figured out what would be the best image to make out of that.”
Shields knew the photo might make many people uncomfortable.
“That’s what art is meant to do,” he said. “Some people look at it and they love it. Some people look at it and they hate it… I understand there are going to be people that hate this. It’s a very touchy subject… but this is not real. We didn’t kill anybody nor do I feel anybody should be killed. It’s no different from a movie. It just happens to be a still image.”
“I can’t speak for her, [but] I know she loves to stir the pot,” he said. “For me, I love the idea we have freedom of speech. The fact that I’m allowed to make an image like this says a lot. To me, that’s a powerful thing… nobody’s killed me for this image so it’s not that bad. I love Kathy and I hope they let me visit her in Guantanamo.”
Even if Shields doesn't find anything wrong with the photo, President Trump's youngest son, Barron, is having a very hard time with it, as we can understand. Trump shared this reaction on Twitter.
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