“Tyler Shields bragged about Kathy Griffin’s ISIS style beheading video in a tweet. Then, he cowardly deleted the tweet hoping no one would notice. But here it is.”
The Los Angeles-based photographer was approached by TMZ outside a Gelson’s supermarket, where he appeared to suggest he wouldn’t change what happened if he could go back and do it over again despite the fact that it had cost Griffin her New Year’s Eve hosting gig on CNN just hours earlier.
The image of Griffin holding a bloody head meant to resemble that of the president went viral Tuesday, causing a firestorm online.
“Honestly, I’ve got no comment. The only thing is, you make art, you gotta stand by it,” Shields told TMZ. “I can’t censor myself,” he added.
He says artists need balls … they have to stand by their work even if they face a torrent of criticism.
He then wrapped things up by stating: “I’m just gonna go home and eat my ice cream and hide out.”
Shields’ photograph, which some critics said was reminiscent of photos taken by the terror group ISIS to celebrate their atrocities, was roundly condemned by both sides of the political aisle after it was first published by TMZ Tuesday morning.
On Wednesday, a report claimed that Trump’s youngest son, 11-year-old Barron Trump, became distressed when he saw the image on television, because he did not know who Griffin was or the context in which the photograph was taken.
Trump called the mock-beheading photo “sick,” saying Griffin “should be ashamed of herself.” His wife, first lady Melania Trump, dubbed the photograph “disturbing” and questioned Griffin’s “mental health.”