Squatty Potty Drops Kathy Griffin Over Shock Photos With ‘Beheaded’ Trump

CEO calls comic's stunt 'deeply inappropriate'

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Condemnation of Kathy Griffin has been swift and bipartisan after images emerged from a photo shoot in which she posed with a replica of a bloody, severed head of Donald Trump.

Now, Squatty Potty, which employed Griffin for an ad campaign that broke just a few weeks ago, has discontinued the campaign and cut ties with the comedian.

“We were shocked and disappointed to learn about the image Ms. Griffin shared today. It was deeply inappropriate and runs contrary to the core values our company stands for,” Squatty Potty CEO Bobby Edwards said in a statement shared with Adweek. “In response, Squatty Potty has suspended its ad campaign featuring Ms. Griffin. We have acted swiftly and decisively to demonstrate our commitment to a culture of decency, civility and tolerance.”

Trump himself weighed in on Twitter, calling the photos, taken by photographer Tyler Shields, “sick.” Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., praised Squatty Potty on Twitter and urged CNN to stop using Griffin as an on-air guest.

Griffin herself has apologized for the photos, saying she “went too far.”

@nudd Tim Nudd is a former creative editor of Adweek.