Kathy Griffin holding a “Donald Trump” mask covered in ketchup

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Artist: Kathy Griffin

Year: 2017

Date of Action: 2017

Region: North America

Location: United States

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion, Violence

Medium: Internet, Performance Art, Photography

Confronting Bodies: United States Government, CNN, public citizens

Description of Artwork: Griffin held up a mask of President Trump dripping with ketchup. In an interview, she laughed, recalling: "I didn't have any fake blood. I usually don't stock it!" Griffin said the photo was intended as political satire.

The Incident: The President of the United States, Donald Trump, called out the comedian on Twitter, writing: "Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11-year-old son Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!"

Results of Incident: Her comedy tour was cancelled, she lost her Squatty Potty endorsement deal, and she was investigated for conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States – a charge that could have meant a life sentence. In addition, her name ended up on the no-fly list, and CNN fired her from her long-running gig co-hosting their New Year's Eve special with Anderson Cooper.

"My little story is historic," she said. "Whether you like it or not, it's the first time a sitting United States president has used the full power of the Oval Office, the first family, the right-wing media and, more importantly, two departments within the Department of Justice to open an investigation on a private citizen who did nothing wrong. Didn't violate the First Amendment, didn't break the law."

Griffin is still performing comedy, and she even had a major comedy special in 2019 – a performance which led to death threats motivated by her provocative 2017 political satire.