By now, you may have heard about the left’s hysterical outrage over a meme video that was played at an event hosted by Trump supporters portraying a digitally-manipulated President Trump shooting political rivals.
The video was a scene from 2014 movie Kingsman: The Secret Service where an assassin murders a number of people at a church, spoofingly called the “Church of Fake News.”
In the spoof, Trump’s face was pasted over the assassin’s, and the assassin’s targets were Trump-hating members of the left, as well as several news outlets.
In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the video for you to watch yourself:
Among Trump's "targets" in the video was Kathy Griffin - the comedian that posed with a fake beheaded Trump head.
Now, Griffin says the video makes her feel unsafe.
Speaking to Wendy Williams, Griffin said of the video,
“The same groups that came after me two and a half years ago will be reinvigorated. Frankly, we don’t know how people take that video. It’s really, really violent. People’s heads get blown off.”
Here's the video of what she had to say about the Trump spoof in her appearance on The Wendy Williams show:
She also posted this on Twitter:
Does Kathy need a refresher?
These folks certainly seem to think so:
The Daily Beast also interviewed Kathy with regards to the video.
In the interview, she denied that the photo of her beheading President Trump was "anything like this."
Here's what she had to tell them:
So when I finally watch it, I’m just like, “Oh my God, I can’t believe that he’s doing a mass shooting in a church like Dylann Roof.” And I’m thinking, “Wow this is really, really next level.” And then sure enough at the end, I was like, “Oh, fuck,” you know to see me, Hillary Clinton, and a random bro with a circle of CNN for a head.
MJF: What did you think when saw it?
The reason I want to not be silent about it is that there’s a total false equivalency if anyone thinks that my photo is anything like this. Probably a couple of haters are going to want to go there. But first of all, my photo never incited violence. It’s now been two and a half fucking years. There was no incitement of violence. And while it’s definitely nice to get thoughts and prayers, and it’s nice to read posts from people who are saying that this is messed up, I still have never once had a public significant advocate go on the cable news shows or anything, to just say: “Look, this isn’t going to end for her. Why do you think this is going to end? She was a perfect target for them. Nobody stood up for her.”
People kind of implied I sort of deserved it. I mean, Don Junior went on Good Morning America and said “she deserved everything she had coming to her,” and George Stephanopoulos didn’t push back at all.
MJF: I was thinking about that because Junior spoke at the conference (where the murder-spree video was shown).KG: Junior was there, Sarah Huckabee was there, and Ron DeSantis. And don’t you think I believe for one second that they were unaware of this video and at the very least didn’t get a bunch of yuks looking at it on their phones. I love the super PAC trying to distance themselves, and the administration and (White House press secretary) Stephanie Grisham can go fuck herself with her, like, “Oh we really didn’t know about this.” And I’m just wondering: What was this made for? Who made it? Who paid for it? It took a minute, you know what I mean. It wasn’t a 400-pound guy in his basement or whatever.
USA Today has more to say about Griffin's ironic condemnation of the spoof Trump video:
Kathy Griffin and Meghan McCain called for action after a doctored video circulated online over the weekend, reportedly shown at a pro-President Donald Trump event last week at his Miami resort, that illustrates the president shooting a number of his critics including Griffin and the late Sen. John McCain.
"I'm depicted as being murdered by The President of the United States in this video," Griffin tweeted late Sunday. "The left, right & center left me hanging out to dry regarding the Trump mask photo. Please don’t let it happen again. No, this video isn’t a joke to his followers. And it will not be taken as such."
Griffin was at the center of a national controversy in May 2017, when she posed for a photoshoot holding a mock bloody, severed head made to look like Trump had been decapitated. The comedian apologized at the time, calling the stunt "disturbing" and acknowledging she "went too far." Following a brief federal investigation into Griffin, she later said the FBI protected her amid threats of violence.
The fake video, a clip taken from the 2015 action/comedy "Kingsman: The Secret Service," shows Trump's face superimposed atop actor Colin Firth's as his character opens fire on church patrons.
The edited version depicts various victims as media outlets, politically-active entertainers like Griffin and Rosie O'Donnell and Trump's political rivals like Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.
Hollywood Life also said:
Kathy Griffin spoke out against a vile, doctored video that shows the president slaughtering his opponents, including politicians, journalists, and celebrities like Kathy. To her, this video is ‘not a joke.’
Comedian Kathy Griffin has condemned the horrific parody video released over the weekend that showed a fake Donald Trump shooting his critics in the “Church of Fake News”. One of the people slaughtered in the massacre was Kathy herself. “I’m depicted as being murdered by The President of the United States in this video,” Kathy tweeted on October 13. “The left, right & center left me hanging out to dry regarding the Trump mask photo. Please don’t let it happen again. No, this video isn’t a joke to his followers. And it will not be taken as such.” The video is a scene from the 2014 movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, edited to make it appear as though Trump is attacking politicians and journalists. It was shown during the three-day American Priority Conference at Trump’s Doral Miami resort, attended by Donald Trump Jr. and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. It’s unclear if either watched it.
In the video, Trump’s head is superimposed (poorly) onto Colin Firth‘s Kingsman character. He wheels around while leaving the church and pulls out a gun, shooting “Fake News” outlets like NPR, NBC, HuffPost, Politico, and MSNBC journalist Rachel Maddow. He slaughters a number of politicians and critical celebrities in disturbing fashions; Senator Bernie Sanders is set on fire, former Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton are both choked, former President Barack Obama is slammed, and Trump’s 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, has a gun pressed to her throat. During the brawl, Griffin is killed with an axe, and Rosie O’Donnell is murdered, as well. Trump also shoots Black Lives Matter point-blanc. The video ends with “CNN” falling down at the church’s altar, impaled on an axe. DJ Khaled‘s “All I Do Is Win” plays as Trump smiles. White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement via Twitter on October 14, writing, “Re: the video played over the weekend: The @POTUS @realDonaldTrump has not yet seen the video, he will see it shortly, but based upon everything he has heard, he strongly condemns this video.” Trump himself has yet to comment.