The aftermath of Kathy Griffin’s press conference doesn’t appear to be any easier for the embattled comedian. After a tearful media briefing where she emotionally accused President Donald Trump and his family of “bullying” her and costing her multiple jobs, endorsements, and events, it would seem that many people, including some high-profile celebrities, aren’t impressed with what Griffin had to say on Friday morning in Los Angeles. Reports have also suggested that Griffin had lost even more engagements as a result of, and not despite of, her “clear the air” press briefing.
Three days after she posed with a decapitated, bloodied head depicting Donald Trump, Kathy Griffin held a press conference, fielding questions with her attorneys, Lisa Bloom and Dmitry Gorin, and seeking to clear the air after her controversial photo shoot had shocked and offended scores of people. As promised hours before the conference, Griffin accused Trump of “bullying” her and “personally trying to ruin (her) life,” and while she reiterated that she was sorry for posing with the decapitated Trump head, she also stressed that she would stick to her guns as far as including Trump in her act is concerned.
“I’m not afraid of Donald Trump… I’m gonna make fun of him more now.”
According to ABC News‘ report on the Kathy Griffin press conference, the 56-year-old comedian claimed to have received “detailed” death threats over the controversial photo shoot and had to retain criminal lawyer Gorin after it was brought to her attention that the Secret Service was investigating her.
In the hours that followed the tearful, emotional press conference, several celebrities took to Twitter to comment negatively on what Kathy Griffin had to say. Interestingly, some of the choicest remarks may have come from a liberal-leaning individual – singer Demi Lovato, who had campaigned for Donald Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the 2016 elections.
According to a report from TooFab, Lovato may have been “spilling some tea,” or throwing some shade, to use a more informal definition, following the Kathy Griffin press conference. In a series of tweets, the “Cool for the Summer” singer is believed to have accused Griffin of being the bully herself, while playing the victim in her feud with the Trump family.
I find it funny when bullies play the victims. ????
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 2, 2017
Oops. I spilled my tea. ☕️
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 2, 2017
For many, including E! News, this brought back memories of a feud Kathy and Demi had in 2014, where the comedian tweeted her thoughts on whom she feels is the “biggest douche celebrity” she’s ever encountered.
“Probably Debbie [sic] Lovato. Plus she should calm the f down bout Lady Gaga getting barfed on.”
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) June 3, 2017
The aftermath of the Kathy Griffin press conference also had several Twitter users, including Trump aide and former The Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault, tweeting excerpts from a previous Griffin interview where she promised to “deliver a (comedic) beatdown” not only to the President, but also to his then-10-year-old son, Barron. Manigault has since deleted the tweet.
Meanwhile, a report from TMZ suggests that Griffin has seen yet another show of hers get canceled, as her upcoming concert at the Uptown Theatre in Napa, Calif. on June 17 was called off in the aftermath of her press conference. TMZ noted that Kathy had six shows get canceled beforehand, including one in New Jersey that was axed just hours before the Friday presser, but with Uptown’s organizers cancelling the June 17 show after the conference, it would seem that they “clearly had a change of heart” after Griffin and her lawyers spoke to the press.
A report from the Los Angeles Times suggests that some of the organizers didn’t cancel Griffin’s shows because of objections to her photo shoot per se, but rather due to complaints and threats from patrons.
“Ms. Griffin’s recent actions have severely inhibited our ability to fulfill our mission as a non-profit theatre serving the Staten Island community,” said the St. George Theatre in Staten Island in a statement.
What are your thoughts on Kathy Griffin and her recent press conference? Do you agree or disagree with her claims that she is a victim of bullying from the Trump family, and what’s your reaction to her promise to keep making fun of Donald Trump?
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