Kathy Griffin has picked a new fight with another man named Donald.
A year and a half after she posed in a now-infamous photo that featured a mock “decapitated” Donald Trump head, the comedian is going after actor Don Cheadle for not defending her during her ensuing public-relations crisis.
After the “Hotel Rwanda” star posted a photo of himself in a hat bearing the logo of Sleeping Giants, a campaign that aims to “make bigotry and sexism less profitable,” Griffin accused him of being a faux liberal in a pair of NSFW tweets.
“I will never forgive you for your nasty tweet the day my smear campaign started,” she wrote. “You know it was an (expletive) smear campaign and you have never taken a moment to apologize. Some liberal you are. Yes, my memory is long my ex friend. Shame on you. I kept a list. Fear me.”
Griffin, 58, went on to refer to the “Ocean’s Eleven” star as a slur for male genitalia, adding, “I truly hope what I went through never happens to you. Never. And if it did I would be the first in line to stand up for you, get my (expletive) on television and do everything I could to defend you & the 1st amendment.”
Cheadle, 54, began his multi-tweet response by saying that in his estimation, they were never actually friends.
He wrote, “We had one conversation on a flight about our mutual disgust for individual 1,” referring to President Trump by the designation used by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He continued, “I don’t ‘friend’ that quickly so we can’t really be ‘exes.’ “
If they had been friends, Cheadle said he would have advised her against posing with the bloodied Trump mask in the first place.
“Had i been your ‘friend’ and you had asked my opinion, i would have said, ‘kathy. for you own sake, please do NOT (depict) yourself holding the bloody, severed head of the president, evoking daesh, daniel pearl and every other painful, disturbing memory associated with it, your first amendment rights notwithstanding.’ ” he continued. “And had you said, ‘(expletive) you, i’m doing it anyway,’ i would’ve said, ‘well girl, be prepared to have the dogs sicced on you. the secret service doesn’t play around with (expletive) like that no matter WHO the president is. you’re also risking your career for what i see as zero upside.’ “
Cheadle also said that defending her does not require him to defend the photo.
“Taking every opportunity to oppose him and support those looking to unseat him, IS defending you albeit not your personal, cringe-worthy photo-op,” he wrote.
He did extend an offer to speak offline and expressed some sympathy for her, however.
“I’m sorry that you’re still dealing with the aftershocks of your actions,” he wrote. “It’s egregious.”
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