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Posted: June 03, 2017

Nashville convenience store offers $50K reward for Kathy Griffin's head


By Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —

A convenience store in Tennessee known for embracing controversy is raising eyebrows with a scrolling message on its digital sign.

The message posted outside the Lewis Country Store in Nashville Friday morning reads: "$50,000 reward for Kathy Griffin's head delivered."

Griffin has been taking heat after she posed for a photo with a bloody fake head designed to look like President Donald Trump. The comedian has since apologized and removed the photo from her social media accounts.

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The Knoxville News Sentinel says Lewis Country Store has posted controversial messages before. A message referencing the 2012 Benghazi attack led to Shell Oil cutting ties with the store in October.

Because the sign is on private property and is not encroaching the public right-of-way, the convenience store owner is likely within their First Amendment rights to post such a message, a lawyer told the News Sentinel.


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WOODLAND HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: Kathy Griffin speaks during a press conference at The Bloom Firm on June 2, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Griffin is holding the press conference after a controversial photoshoot where she was holding a bloodied mask depicting President Donald Trump and to address alleged bullying by the Trump family. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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Kathy Griffin apologizes after tweeting president 'beheading' pictures

A social media firestorm is breaking out right now over a tweet by comedian Kathy Griffin about President Donald Trump.

We are choosing not to show you the tweet because of its graphic nature, but we can tell you that it includes a picture showing Griffin holding a mock decapitated head of the president. The photo appears to be part of a photoshoot Griffin did recently.

TIMELINE:

1:59 p.m.

TMZ tweets a link to a story showing Griffin holding the fake head. We are choosing not to include the actual tweet due to its sensitive nature.

3:48 p.m.

Donald Trump Jr. responds via a quote Tweet and calls the photos, “Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS?”

Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS? https://t.co/QdghcbIjS7— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 30, 2017

3:51 p.m.

The verified Secret Service Twitter account sends a message saying, “On it! @SecretService has a robust protective intelligence division that monitors open source reporting & social media to evaluate threats.”

On it! @SecretService has a robust protective intelligence division that monitors open source reporting & social media to evaluate threats— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) May 30, 2017

The account did not specifically say if this tweet was directed to Kathy Griffin, but many online assumed it was.

4:40 p.m.

Kathy Griffin tweets twice from her verified account. Her first says, “I caption this ‘there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his…wherever’ Also @tylershields great Photog/film maker.”

Again, we have chosen to not include the actual tweet in this story because of the sensitive matter.

The second tweet says, “OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I’m merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.”

2/ OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I'm merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017

4:51 p.m.

The verified Secret Service Twitter account sends a message saying, “Threats made against Secret Service protectees receive the highest priority of all of our investigations.”

Threats made against @SecretService protectees receive the highest priority of all of our investigations. #ProtectionNeverRests— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) May 30, 2017

Again, the account did not specifically say if this tweet was directed to Kathy Griffin, but many online assumed it was.

5:01 p.m.

Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, sends a quote tweet from her verified account saying, “This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president.”

7:55 p.m.

Griffin posted a video apologizing for the picture, saying she went too far:

I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017

Again, we have chosen to not include the actual tweet in this story because of the sensitive matter.

Kathy Griffin says she was bullied by Trump family, claims Trump is ‘personally trying to ruin’ her  life

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Kathy Griffin says she was bullied by Trump family, claims Trump is ‘personally trying to ruin’ her life

During a Friday morning press conference in Los Angeles, comedian Kathy Griffin stood in front of reporters to discuss backlash against a photograph she posted on social media earlier in the week.

Griffin posed with a bloody dummy head that looked like President Donald Trump. In the ensuing days, members of the first family chastised Griffin for the photo, and she has been fired from multiple job opportunities. 

Throughout the press conference, Griffin alternated between crying and dishing insults as she expressed that what was happening to her was absurd.

She said she believes that her photo was clear satire and that it was improper for the president and his surrogates to mobilize public opinion against her.

“I’m going to make fun of the president. ... I’m not going to threaten him. I have no desire to harm him,” Griffin said.

Earlier in the week, Trump commented on the photo on his Twitter feed.

“Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!” he wrote.

Griffin admitted that the photo was a mistake.

“I make mistakes; if you don’t stand up, you get run over. What’s happening to me has never happened in this great country,” she said. “A sitting president of the U.S. ... is personally trying to ruin my life forever.”

Griffin also explained that she believed she was a clear target of a sexist culture.

“This wouldn’t be happening to a guy. This is a woman thing. ... People who sign my checks are white guys,” the comedian said.

Throughout her apology, Griffin delivered several jabs aimed at Trump. She reminded the assembled reporters that her job is to be a comedian, and whether it be the Kardashians or Trump in the news, she was going to comment on them.

“It’s a good time to be a comedian ... It’s scary to be a citizen ... But it’s a good time to be a comedian,” Griffin said.

After her removal from an annual job at CNN hosting their New Year’s Eve special, and the cancellation of several of her comedy shows, Griffin expressed that President Trump had accomplished what he wanted to.

“I don’t think I’ll have a career after this,” she said. “I’m going to be honest. He broke me.”

Griffin also called the president a “fool” and said that she believes attention on her photo is a distraction from more important government issues.

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