ST. GEORGE, Utah, May 31, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah’s own Squatty Potty, a company that makes poop-enabling toilet stools, has dumped Kathy Griffin from its ad campaign after a photo surfaced of the comic holding a prop version of President Donald Trump’s bloody severed head.
“It was deeply inappropriate,” said Bobby Edwards, Squatty Potty’s CEO, in a Facebook post about Griffin’s photo.
“We have acted swiftly and decisively to demonstrate our commitment to a culture of decency, civility and tolerance,” Edwards said on the company’s Facebook page, which is topped by an image of a flatulent unicorn releasing a gaseous rainbow.
Following the announcement of Squatty Potty, which is based in St. George, CNN also announced it would end its relationship with Griffin, who since 2007 had hosted the cable network’s New Year’s Eve coverage along with journalist Anderson Cooper, who had commented that he was “appalled by the photo shoot.”
Griffin has said she is sorry for her bad comic judgment, and has posted a video saying she is sorry.
“I sincerely apologize,” she says in the video. “I am just now seeing the reaction to these images. I’m a comic. I crossed the line. I move the line. Then I cross it. I went way too far,” Griffin says in an apology video posted across her social media channels Tuesday.
“The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career. I will continue. I ask your forgiveness.”
The offending photo was shot by celebrity photographer Tyler Shields, who is known for taking violent images.