Jim Carrey defended Kathy Griffin against those who criticized her for posing in a photo shoot with a facsimile of President Donald Trump’s decapitated head.
The comedian, 55, explained why he wasn’t offended by Griffin, 56, while attending the Los Angeles premiere of Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here on Wednesday, May 31.
“I think it is the job of a comedian to cross the line at all times — because that line is not real,” Carrey told reporters. “If you step out into that spotlight and you’re doing the crazy things that [Trump is] doing, we’re the last line of defense. And really, the comedians are the last voice of truth in this whole thing. It’s impossible to get away from it.”
As previously reported, Griffin apologized for the photos in a Twitter video hours after they were released on Tuesday, May 30. “I sincerely apologize,” she said. “I’m just now seeing the reaction to these images. I’m a comic. I crossed the line. I moved the line, then I crossed it. I went way too far.”
Despite her apology, the My Life on the D-List alum faced backlash and was fired from CNN, for which she hosted their New Year’s Eve special with Anderson Cooper for the last decade. “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in,” Anderson tweeted on Tuesday. “It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”