Comedian Kathy Griffin says she has been welcomed abroad but wishes she could go on a tour in the United States “without getting shot.”
Coming off a 15-country world tour, the disgraced comedienne spoke to Politico for a piece published Wednesday about people who have been targeted by President Donald Trump in tweets.
Griffin has been unsuccessful in reviving her career after she publicized a photo of herself holding what appeared to be Trump’s severed and bloodied head; but in Europe, audiences reportedly love her.
“They were thrilled to have someone come over and make fun of Trump,” Griffin told Politico.
“I wish I could tour in the U.S. without getting shot — I know I can’t,” she added, noting that she “was in the middle of a 50-city tour when the tweet happened. It was canceled in 24 hours.”
At the time, Trump weighed in on the controversy, tweeting that Griffin should be “ashamed of herself” and that his children were having a “hard time” with it.
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
Griffin apologized, but it was difficult for anyone to take her seriously, especially after she began claiming she had become a “tool” that the president used to distract from “his bad news of the day,” referring to the firing of James Comey of the FBI.
“The minute he tweeted that tweet about me, it was literally breaking news on every channel,” she said. “After that, I had to go offline because of the death threats. He didn’t use my handle in his tweet, so he didn’t have my followers coming after him.”
Still, she said her answer is to “keep producing funny stuff.”
“My YouTube [channel] is lit. I really do have a real story to tell. In my live act, I talk about the interrogation with the feds and how everybody turned on me on every platform,” she said.
“I still can’t tweet a picture of my new puppies without getting all hateful responses in broken English.”
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