The ladies of The View were in agreement Wednesday that Kathy Griffin’s photo of herself with a prop made up to look like Donald Trump’s severed head was a mistake, but they did not all agree on how severe that mistake was.
Some, like Jedediah Bila, expressed revulsion over the concept. Others, like Whoopi Goldberg, regarded the photo as simply one more case of an entertainer crossing a line of public taste.
“I thought it was bad, I thought it was awful. Like him or not — and you can debate his policy — he’s the president,” Bila said.
“When I saw that, all I thought of is his kid, I thought of that child seeing that image. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. It bothered me. You can’t do this stuff with a sitting president.”
Sara Haines also said the idea was simply not appropriate.
The severed head was “an image that doesn’t make anyone sit comfortably … that image specifically, gives people visceral reactions.”
Sunny Hostin said that she and Whoopi Goldberg were messaging each other over whether the photo had a point they had missed.
“Is this some kind of weird performance art that I just don’t get? I’m so offended by it, it’s so vile and foul, maybe it’s funny and I just don’t get it,” Hostin said she texted Goldberg, who, Hostin said, replied that the image was simply not funny.
Goldberg noted that among the many reactions to the image, there was one she thought was important.
“Chelsea Clinton said a great thing: You should never talk about assassinating a president,” Goldberg said.
Goldberg also discussed the photo in the context of the business of entertainment.
“As comics, we sometimes go across the line, and she made a mistake. You don’t want to bring up beheading, thinking of Daniel Pearl. We had all this violence happen in the last couple days,” she said.
Joy Behar noted that she never found a joke in the image, and said the photos were not helping Griffin’s career. Her comments came before CNN dropped Griffin as a co-host for the network’s annual New Year’s Eve show. Griffin was also dropped by Squatty Potty Tuesday in the wake of the photo.
Goldberg said that time would tell if Griffin’s career suffers.
“We have all stepped in it. What you do is you learn from the consequences of stepping in it,” she explained. “Sometimes you do stuff and you don’t see what other people see and suddenly you discover people say, ‘Sorry, this does not work.’ It’s a terrible thing.”
“All I can say is how I feel, and what I feel is, she made a mistake and she’s paying the consequence and she’s not going on and on about how you should berate her and beat her, that’s not gonna fix it. She already knows she’s in doo-doo,” she said.
Behar, at one point, noted that Trump has also said inflammatory things.
“Trump insinuated [sic] violence against Hillary [Clinton] at a rally,” she said, later adding, “The mean-spiritedness comes out of the White House, and people are responding to it.”
Although much of the reaction on social media to Griffin’s photo has said that it is a typical action of liberals in expressing their sentiments toward Trump, Goldberg rejected that line of reasoning.
Griffin’s act was “just a stupid bad mistake one person made,” Goldberg said. “Y’all have made ’em, we have made’ em, we’re moving on.”