A company has pulled an ad featuring comedian Kathy Griffin amid ongoing furor over a disturbing photo shoot that featured her holding a faux bloodied and severed head that resembled President Donald Trump.
Squatty Potty, a Utah-based business that creates and sells bathroom products — including a popular toilet stool made famous by one of the company’s well-known viral videos — has decided to pull down a new ad that Griffin stars in.
“We were shocked and disappointed to learn about the image Ms. Griffin shared today,” Squatty Potty CEO Bobby Edwards said in a statement issued to Faithwire. “It was deeply inappropriate and runs contrary to the core values our company stands for.”
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Edwards said that the ad has been “suspended” as a result, citing the importance of “decency” in making that determination.
“We have acted swiftly and decisively to demonstrate our commitment to a culture of decency, civility, and tolerance,” he added.
As Faithwire previously reported, Griffin came under instantaneous, bi-partisan fire on Tuesday after a photo of her holding the faux severed Trump head went viral.
“Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning, breaking his silence on the matter. “My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
The president’s response came after a national outcry over a photo shoot Griffin did with celebrity photographer Tyler Shields. Griffin issued an apology on social media on Tuesday evening.
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