Tyler Shields defended the image in a conversation with Entertainment Weekly. When questioned on whether the image could incite violence, the photographer said: "I always look at it like, when you make something, it makes people not want to do it. That’s just me personally. "But again, the great thing about making something like this is that, look, you make it and people have their opinion on it and that’s the fun of it. A compliment and an insult are the same thing; the insult just takes longer to write." Tyler also said that he and Griffin expected there to be a backlash. “It’s this thing of, ‘Well, I want everyone to like me. I want everyone to like the work that I make,’ especially young artists," he said. "You want people to love you, but part of that is that if you make things that are polarizing, people are going to hate it. I think there will be a lot of people who will absolutely hate this, but again, that’s the beauty of it. That’s the fun of making things.” More stories: Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ musical set for 2018 debut Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber to join Ariana Grande for Manchester benefit concert on June 4
I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017
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