Kathy Griffin defends photo with bloody replica of Trump’s severed head

Posted at 5:30 PM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 17:30:56-04

WARNING: Some may find the full image, which is embedded below, to be disturbing.

Comedian and actress Kathy Griffin placed herself in the middle of a social media firestorm Tuesday with a picture of her holding a severed head resembling President Donald Trump’s.

TMZ first reported on the photo shoot, and photographer Tyler Shields posted a Tweet from TMZ and a behind-the-scenes YouTube video of the shoot with Griffin.

“We have to move to Mexico today because we’re going to go to prison – federal prison,” Griffin joked to Shields in the video.

“Tyler and I are not afraid to do images that make noise,” Griffin said.

Backlash on social media was immediate.

Griffin defended the gory image on Twitter, calling Shields a “great photog/film maker” and saying she doesn’t condone “any violence by my fans or others to anyone.”