The photographer behind the image of Kathy Griffin holding up a bloody, severed head of President Trump said he stands by the gruesome shot.
In an interview with TMZ posted Thursday, Tyler Shields said as an artist he wasn’t going to back down to critics about his photoshoot with the comedian after the outlet caught up with him while he was out and about in Los Angeles Wednesday night. (RELATED: Don Jr. Hits Back After Kathy Griffin Joked About Beheading Trump)
“I got nothing to say,” Shields responded when asked if he was worried about the Secret Service over the shot. “The thing is man, honestly, I got no comment. The only thing is, you make art you got to stand by it. That’s it. I can’t censor myself.”
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 30, 2017
In a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot, Griffin joked with Shields about having to move to Mexico or else be put in prison once the shot came out, “because we aren’t surviving this.”
“Tyler and I are not afraid to do images that make noise,” Griffin explained.
Griffin has since apologized and said she “went too far.”
“I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong,” Griffin tweeted.
I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017
Trump said the comedian should be “ashamed of herself.” Melania Trump questioned Griffin’s “mental health” over the shot.
“Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
“As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing,” the first lady said in a statement. “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.”