A Nashville gas station is offering $50,000 to the first person that brings them comedian Kathy Griffin’s head.
Griffin recently made headlines after she took part in a bizarre skit that involved her decapitating President Donald Trump.
The gas station recently posted the following message on a digital sign.
“$50,000 reward for Kathy Griffin’s head delivered,” read the sign.
Conservative Tribune reports:
A passing motorist snapped pictures of the message and sent them to the newspaper along with an email that read: “I know this seems like a bad joke, but is this legal? I’m not sure if this is covered by free speech.”
Distasteful as it may be to some, the sign didn’t violate any laws, at least according to a lawyer for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville’s Department of Law.
“There does not appear to be an obvious violation of the Metropolitan Code of Laws,” stated attorney Tara Ladd in an email to The Tennessean. “Generally, the First Amendment protects even speech that may be construed as offensive.”
The $50,000 message only lasted for part of the day and was eventually changed to, “America first, screw the rest of y’all.”
The gas station’s owner is refusing to apologize for the sign and says it constitutes free speech.
“We are not apologizing for it,” store owner Renee Lewis told The Tennessean. “People that know us know our sign and that we put a lot of stuff up on there.”
“Kathy Griffin said hers was a joke, and that’s fine,” added Lewis. “It’s one bad joke in turn for another, I guess.”
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