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Kathy Griffin, Done Apologizing, Is Ready for Her Comeback

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The comedian is not letting her Trump scandal keep her down.

Emmy- and Grammy-winning comedian Kathy Griffin has been persona non grata to many Americans on the right and the left, including her former good friend Anderson Cooper, since she dared hold up a fake severed Donald Trump head for a photo shoot in May.

After months of self-flagellation at the demand of a mob of Americans who'd yet to witness Trump pardon a racist sheriff, defend white nationalists, and insult the people of Puerto Rico who'd just survived a leveling hurricane, Griffin decided to stop apologizing for the severed head photo, and now she's kicking off a world tour since virtually no one in the U.S. will book her.

To promote her "Laugh Your Head Off Tour," which features promo materials of Griffin holding a globe much in the same manner she grasped the Trump head, the comedian has posted what is essentially a compilation video of her greatest hits that begins with a parody of Taylor Swift's "Look What You Just Made Me Do" video (see below).

The promo kicks off with a series of pundits eviscerating Griffin for the Trump mask incident before segueing into the Swift video. And in case audiences forgot that the 56-year-old has long been a hilarious, occasionally-unhinged button-pusher, the compilation includes snippets from several of her Guinness Book of World Record breaking comedy shows and her award-winning reality series, My Life on the D List.

The video also reminds audiences that beyond her comic chops, Griffin has been a tireless activist for LGBT people and for charitable causes like marching against California's Proposition 8, taking the Ice Bucket Challenge naked, and shaving her head in solidarity with her sister, who since died of cancer.

As of August of this year, Griffin was finished apologizing for the incident.

"Why are people still expecting me to apologize and grovel to a man that tweets like this? I'm a comedian; he's our fucking president," Griffin said at the time. "President Trump just pardoned Joe Arpaio, who was essentially running a concentration camp in the Arizona desert. He said there are some good Nazis, and he's kicking out young adults who were brought here as kids by their parents, and I'm the one who has to continue to apologize?"

Earlier this month Griffin reemerged to deliver a comic set to a primarily LGBT audience at the annual "Best in Drag" show in Los Angeles. Signaling that she was really finished apologizing for mocking Trump and that she was about to come back stronger than ever, she took the stage sporting a Trump mask.

"I was part of an international scandal, under federal investigation for two months, my sister died, my dog died and my mother turned on me," Griffin told the crowd.

Although she was brought down for a time, Griffin intends to take on the world with her new tour that touches down in Australia, Holland, England, and Singapore, to name a few places.

Get more information on Griffin's world tour here and watch her kick-off video below.

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.