Saturday 24 February 2018

More Kathy Griffin shows cancelled as backlash over Trump's severed head photo continues

Kathy Griffin apologised within hours of the images appearing online
Kathy Griffin apologised within hours of the images appearing online Newsdesk Newsdesk

The backlash against US comedian Kathy Griffin continues to grow with at least four theatres announcing they had cancelled her performances after she posed with a likeness of Donald Trump's severed head.

Venues in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania cancelled November shows.

The Community Arts Theatre in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, posted on its website that the show had been dropped "due to the recent controversy surrounding Kathy Griffin and the concern for the safety and security of our patrons and staff".

Earlier this week, CNN said Griffin would no longer co-host its live New Year's Eve special from Times Square, a gig she had had for more than a decade, and another show was cancelled at a New Mexico casino.

The images provoked swift and widespread condemnation after appearing online on Tuesday, and 56-year-old Griffin apologised within hours.

Read More: Comedian Kathy Griffin apologises for 'severed Trump head' image

Mr Trump later tweeted that Griffin "should be ashamed of herself" for posting the images.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie on Thursday called Griffin "disgusting" and said the photo was "completely outrageous".

The comic has faced controversies before for her abrasive humour, but none as widespread as the one generated by Tuesday's images.

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