Kathy Griffin Blames Sexism, Ageism, Success for Trump’s Reaction to Her Severed-Head Photo

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | March 6, 2019 | 10:48 AM EST

Kathy Griffin poses for photo holding up model of Pres. Trump's bloody, severed head. (Screenshot)

Kathy Griffin says her age, sex, and success as a stand-up comedian account for “a lot of” why President Donald Trump “went after” her so hard, after she infamously posed for a photo of her holding up a model of Trump’s bloody, severed head.

In an interview with Variety, Griffin said that the notion of a successful, 58 year-old comedienne “flies in the face of everything Trump and his folks believe”:

Variety: “Why do you think Trump went after you so hard?”

Griffin: “I ‘aggrieved’ this president. I’m sure you remember there was kind of a Hollywood uproar when Johnny Depp made a comment about the president or Snoop Dogg or Morrissey. Well, none of them went through anything like this.

“I feel a lot of this is because I’m a 58-year-old woman. I’m a successful stand-up comedian, which flies in the face of everything Trump and his folks believe. And I think my impression is they’re just offended by the audacity that I want to continue to work and be successful and I’m a self-made woman.”

As reported in June of 2017, after her severed-head photo sparked outrage, Griffin claimed that “we all know” the real reason Trump objected to her ISIS-like beheading pose was that he wanted to distract the public from his own scandals::

“I get what I am: I am the shiny object. I get it. We all know what is going on here. They’re using me as a shiny object so that nobody’s talking about his FBI investigation. Alright, I get it.”

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