Finding middle ground is difficult, especially these days. If you lean ever so slightly toward one polarity of a spectrum, you're likely judged as being an extremist. So, apparently Kathy Griffin did a photo shoot with a guy named Tyler Shields yesterday, during which they decided to take some pictures and video of Kathy holding up a Donald Trump mask that's covered in fake blood. Here's a photo from TMZ(fair warning, some might find it gruesome. I however think it just looks stupid). Spoiler Kathy's initial statement on Twitter right after the photo was taken: "I caption this "there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his…wherever" Also @tylershields great Photog/film maker." Followed by: "OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I'm merely mocking the Mocker in Chief." She's since profusely apologized, even going so far as to tweet a video apology where she explains that it wasn't funny, that it was offensive and that it's another example of a mistake she's made throughout her career. My opinion regarding celebrity involvement in political movements: Spoiler This occurrence has caused a firestorm of heated debate around social media. My main reason for wanting to open a discussion is that I often find myself being someone who's willing to give credit to my opponents in this world, it just feels like good sportsmanship to do so. I will listen attentively while valid points are made regarding Donald Trump's actions as President, good or bad. Apparently Ms. Griffin was still reeling from the President's comments regarding Megyn Kelly, and decided to make a bold statement. Ms. Griffin didn't advance an intellectual chain of dialogue, she kicked the giant hornet's nest that is Twitter and assumes that it does any good at this point to apologize. If you're a popular voice who often speaks on behalf of their political beliefs, you force those who may occasionally agree with those beliefs to own your controversies. Kathy Griffin has made herself the poster-child of the anti-Trump movement, and I'm probably not going to express anything mildly critical of The President until all this blows over. My opinion in regard to lashing out, but keeping a cool head: Spoiler This also brings to mind the idea that it's a very good idea to think things through before you go full throttle with experimental art. A severed head doesn't communicate humor, it conveys the idea that you wouldn't lose sleep over the idea that The President was murdered in a gruesome manner. Speaking from personal experience, one should always consider how an indifferent third party would view their expressions of extreme emotion before broadcasting them. If you have a legitimate gripe with The President, focus on that. You might not get too many hits, but rest assured that the few you do get will be from people who are actually intelligent. Depicting a violent act against the President is a cheap way to drum up attention, and it makes people who would do that look pathetic in that they always apologize right away after doing so.