Kathy Griffin releases photo holding severed President Trump head

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Comedian Kathy Griffin is defending a photo of herself holding what appears to be a bloody, decapitated fake head of President Trump, despite sweeping bi-partisan disapproval of the image.

"I'm just now seeing the reaction to this", Griffin began in the accompanying video.

At the 59th annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards, she was honored for having the Outstanding Reality Program "My Life on the D-List", overtaking ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" after several attempts. I'm a comic, I cross the line. "I went way too far", she said. Griffin wrote on Twitter.

The image, which Griffin released to TMZ, was taken by controversial photographer Tyler Shields, who routinely shoots A-list celebrities in shocking poses, according to the Hollywood Reporter. I will continue. I ask for your forgiveness. "It wasn't amusing. I get it", Griffin added in a video posted with the tweet. "I'm merely mocking the Mocker in Chief". Hours after posting, she deleted her original tweets promoting the photo shoot and offered an apology.

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In the same video, Griffin and Shields are shown presumably reviewing footage from their session, and Griffin jokes: "We have to move to Mexico today, but we're going to go to prison - federal prison.We're not surviving this, okay?"

The image quickly received backlash on Twitter. "Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS?" The former first daughter expressed her disapproval.

Photographer Tyler Shields also said the image wasn't supposed to be taken literally.

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