Movie star and comedian Jim Carrey publicly defended Kathy Griffin’s photo in which she is shown holding a mock head of a decapitated President Trump, saying he has dreamed about battering the president with a golf club.
“I think it is the job of a comedian to cross the line at all times – because that line is not real,” Carrey told Entertainment Tonight when asked Wednesday evening for his thoughts on Griffin’s stunt.
“If you step out into that spotlight and you’re doing the crazy things that [Trump is] doing,” he said, “we’re the last line of defense. And really, the comedians are the last voice of truth in this whole thing. It’s impossible to get away from it.”
Then Carrey recalled a dream he recently had where he considered attacking Trump with a golf club.
“I had a dream the other night I was playing golf with Donald Trump,” he said. “I was standing beside him with a club in my hand, and I was considering my options when I suddenly woke up.
“It was one of those dreams where you just want to get back to sleep so you can finish it, you know?” he said.
Watch Carrey’s comments:
Carrey, 54, is the subject of a wrongful-death lawsuit in the September 2015 death of his former girlfriend, Cathriona White. The 30-year-old woman’s husband filed suit in 2016, alleging Carrey had illegally supplied her with the prescription drugs that resulted in her death. The woman was reportedly despondent after having contracted STDs.
A 2013 STD test submitted as evidence in the case tested tested positive for herpes, chlamydia and hepatitis A. The family alleges the test belongs to Carrey.
As WND reported, CNN the cable-news network that has featured Griffin in its New Year’s Eve broadcasts for a decade, has decided to cut its ties with her.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who has co-hosted with Griffin, also expressed his own personal shock, tweeting: “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”
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Griffin apologized and begged for forgiveness for the photo shoot that features her holding the bloody, severed head of a figure resembling Trump.
“I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong,” Griffin tweeted Tuesday evening.
The U.S. Secret Service reportedly launched a probe into the incident.
“Law enforcement sources tell us the Secret Service has launched an investigation into ‘the circumstances surrounding the photo shoot,'” TMZ reported Wednesday. “We’re told agents will most likely attempt to interview her and Tyler.”
The shoot, documented by TMZ, was with famed photographer Tyler Shields, known for creating edgy photographs.
“Tyler and I are not afraid to do images that make noise,” said Griffin in a video posted by TMZ.
“First, I’m an artist,” she explains, as she is shown holding the gory image of the Trump lookalike near her own head.
Then she clowns with Shields about the possibility of her going to federal prison for her provocative posing and the immediate need to move south of the border.
“We have to move to Mexico today because we’re gonna go to prison. Federal prison. … Because we’re not surviving this, OK?”
See TMZ video of the photo shoot:
Trump lashed out Wednesday morning at Griffin, saying his kids — especially his youngest son Barron — are having a difficult time with the gory image of the comic holding their father’s bloody head.
“Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!” he tweeted about 7:30 a.m.
The president’s child was watching television and yelled for his mother after seeing the disturbing image flash across the screen, reported TMZ.
“Mommy, mommy!” the panicked child reportedly screamed.
First lady Melania Trump said that ‘[a]s a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing.
“When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it.”