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Kathy Griffin Explains Why She Was Singled Out After Trump Beheading Photo Stunt

In a new interview, controversial comedian shares what happened to her — and what someone told her even last week

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Controversial comedian Kathy Griffin made headlines in May of 2017 after she did a photo shoot in which she was shown holding what appeared to be a likeness of the bloody, severed head of President Donald Trump.

The stunt was met with enormous backlash, and the president himself condemned the attack.

In a behind-the-scenes video about the photo shoot, Griffin was also seen joking with the photographer that they would need to move to Mexico because they would likely be thrown in prison.

After that, though, she changed her tune, or tried to — given the serious backlash she received for her tasteless stunt.

Griffin apologized and said she was “wrong.”

She removed the image from her Twitter feed and asked the photographer to take the image down from other places.

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At the time of the stunt, the president indicated his then-11-year-old son Barron saw the image on TV and thought that it was real at first.

“Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!” the president tweeted in May of 2017.

Griffin said last year she put about “five minutes” of  thought into the photo done by Tyler Shields, whose work the comedian referred to as “powerful.”

She said the bloody head was a reference to the former feud between TV host Megyn Kelly and then-candidate Donald Trump. Griffin also said the photo was “to give them something to talk about.”

Griffin suffered in the public sphere: Many of her appearances were canceled, she lost a gig on CNN, and she issued an apology, saying, “I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people … I made a mistake, and I was wrong.”

Griffin later rescinded that apology, in April 2018 — almost a full year later.

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Now she’s gone back on tour — but says she is receiving “constant death threats and threats of violence” and that none of the social media platforms will help her handle the problems.

“I was walking down the street last week, and four people came up to me and just were screaming, ‘You’re a traitor, you’re an ISIS,'” she said during an interview on The Hill’s “Rising.”

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She’s also said she believes much of the criticism aimed at her is because she’s a woman: “That also didn’t happen to any of the other guys who supposedly threatened the president, and I was singled out, and I think it’s because I’m a woman and probably because I’m 57 and don’t have a big network or studio behind me.”

Griffin said she was put on the no-fly list — and that the Secret Service interrogated her after the incident.

“I’m still dealing with the fallout from [that] photo in everyday life,” Griffin also told “Rising.”

She also said life is better for her when she’s on tour in Europe and other places: “When I went overseas, there was never an incident where people thought I was actually in al-Qaida or ISIS or any of this nonsense.”

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