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Kathy Griffin Wears Trump Mask In Her Return To Comedy

Kathy Griffin, trying to revive her career, performed a comedy routine Sunday night at an event that raised money for charity.

The New York Daily News reported that the appearance was the comic’s first gig since she became mired in scandal for having posed for a controversial photo. The picture featured Griffin holding a fake severed head that resembled President Trump. On Sunday, she wore a Trump mask on stage while raising her middle fingers.

The shocking photo, which went viral on social media, cost Griffin her job as a co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve show. She also lost a number of stand-up comedy opportunities. Griffin came under fire from many of her fellow entertainers. Even one of her friends, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, lashed out at her. At the charity event, Griffin jokingly called herself a “comedy fugitive,” but did not back down from her criticism of the president.

Last year, when she started getting backlash for the photo, Griffin publicly apologized by acknowledging she had gone “too far.” However, she soon changed her mind and retracted the apology during an interview on a talk show in Australia. “Stop acting like my little picture is more important than talking about the actual atrocities that the president of the United States is committing,” she said, calling Trump a “fool.”

Griffin also used her Sunday night appearance to weigh in on the news that movie producer Harvey Weinstein had been accused of sexual harassment. “The Weinstein thing is just f**king unbelievable, but I’m not afraid to say anything because I don’t appear in movies ever and no one will ever put me in one,” she told her audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “That guy seems to be what’s called a rapist. I’m using it as a broad term. There’s a lot of them and they are everywhere. So it’s time we started to f**king look out for each other because this s**t has been going on for way too long.”

According to ABC News, other celebrities who have condemned Weinstein include actors Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Judi Dench. Kevin Smith, the director of two films (“Clerks” and “Chasing Amy”) that Weinstein produced, wrote: “Now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed.” SAG-AFTRA, the labor union for film actors, described Weinstein’s alleged behavior over the years as “abhorrent and unacceptable.”

The 65-year-old producer’s own studio fired him on Sunday, three days after a The New York Times story about his purported sexual abuse. Ashley Judd is among the actors who have accused Weinstein of inappropriate actions. At least eight other women have agreed to financial settlements, according to the Times.

“I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior,” wrote Jennifer Lawrence, the star of “Silver Linings Playbook” and other films. “I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting. My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions, and I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.”

Source: NY Daily News
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