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Sound Off: Should the USO Ban Kathy Griffin?

Kathy Griffin has been a supporter of the USO, participating in tours and hosting "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" in 2010.  Now VFW National Commander Brian Duffy has called for the USO to renounce Griffin:

“The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. strongly condemns comedian Kathy Griffin's incredibly revolting attack on the President of the United States. Her apology is not accepted. What she did was not humorous nor should it be protected speech or expression. Playing to an audience with a severed head is what our enemies do. The USO should immediately end its relationship with her.”

The USO wants everyone to know that “Kathy Griffin had two USO experiences years ago. The USO has no relationship with Kathy Griffin."

UPDATE, 6/2/17: The VFW has apologized for mentioning the USO in its May 31 press release that condemned Kathy Griffin.

Early Tuesday afternoon, TMZ published a photographer Tyler Shields' disturbing photo of actress/TV host/loudmouth Kathy Griffin holding a fake severed head designed to look like President Donald Trump. Apparently, no one in the Shields/Griffin bubble understood just how offensive beheading imagery can be. They've been blasted from all sides: some of the president's biggest critics blasted the pair every bit as ferociously as have his supporters.

By 8pm Tuesday night, Griffin realized just how badly she had screwed up and made an apology video: "I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong." She was so desperate to get the word out that she went on camera without her usual hair and makeup glam squad doing any prep work.

President Trump weighed in on Wednesday morning:

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Griffin has been Anderson Cooper's co-host for CNN's New Year's Eve coverage for the past decade and she's been fired from that job. She's been publicly condemned as "disgusting" by CNN host Jake Tapper ("I can’t imagine how anyone would think that’s appropriate") and called out by Cooper on Twitter:

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Kathy Griffin has also been a supporter of the USO, participating in tours and hosting "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" in 2010.  Now VFW National Commander Brian Duffy has called for the USO to renounce Griffin:

“The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. strongly condemns comedian Kathy Griffin's incredibly revolting attack on the President of the United States. Her apology is not accepted. What she did was not humorous nor should it be protected speech or expression. Playing to an audience with a severed head is what our enemies do. The USO should immediately end its relationship with her.”

Does anyone believe that Kathy Griffin is sincere in her apology? Is there any way she can come back from this? Should the USO and CNN and everyone else end their relationships with her? Let us know what you think and sound off!

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