It could have been a comedy stunt for Kathy Griffin but for many, including President Trump's fiercest critics, it was "shocking and wrong."
Negative comments flooded hours after the comedienne featured in a photo holding a bloodied mask depicting the decapitated Trump.
Griffin initially defended the photo as an "art" but changed course afterward when the Secret Service did little to hide their interest and a possible investigation on the "circumstance" surrounding the controversial photo.
"I sincerely apologize," the comedienne said in a video posted on her Twitter.
I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017
"I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. I'm a comic. I crossed the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went too far," Griffin continued.
She conceded to what many people are saying: "The image is too disturbing..." and offending.
Trump Jr in a tweet took a swipe of put-yourself-in-my-shoes when he wrote: "Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS."
The Secret Service, however, goes beyond being disturbed.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) May 30, 2017
"On it!" the agency tweeted "@SecretService...monitors open source reporting & social media to evaluate threats."
The agency hinted of an investigation because Trump is a "Secret Service protectee."
Griffin is sorry. She may have meant it but the damage has been inflicted and the fierce reactions to the photo outweigh whatever she intended it to be.
For one, Squatty Spotty, a toilet stool company, decided to do away with Griffin for its ad campaign as CNN has not yet made a decision if she will continue to appear on CNN's New Year's program.