Violence is never a joke.

It doesn’t matter who you are or what professional title you may hold; violence is never a joke.

After receiving some major backlash for posting a disturbing and controversial photo earlier this week, comedian Kathy Griffin is finally understanding that certain lines should not be crossed, even in the entertainment business.

The 56-year old comedian and actress recently participated in a photo shoot with photographer Tyler Shields. In the photos Griffin is holding a bloody severed head resembling President Donald Trump.

Griffin has faced previous controversies before for her abrasive humor, but this takes it to another level.

Griffin claims the motive behind the images is in response to the bullying she has received from the Trump family.

Does she think that is justification for her actions?

I would hope not.

Being a bully to a bully doesn’t do any good. And while I do not agree with all of Trump’s decisions and philosophies, I am sure that his youngest child, who is 11 years old, did not do or say anything that would deserve this type of image of his father to be shown.

No matter the reasoning behind why Griffin thought it was a good idea, the reality is that these images, especially against a president, are intolerable. It was unacceptable when images of former President Barack Obama showed him being lynched or his family depicted as monkeys. Today’s situation is no different and just as offensive.

And while some will argue that it is part of our rights as United States citizens to practice freedom of speech, there is a line that should not be crossed. A level of respect for our president needs to be maintained, and violence should never be looked at as a joke.  Both liberals and conservatives agree, as shown on social media in response to Griffin’s image.

On Tuesday, when the image was released, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, tweeted: “This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president.”

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and GOP presidential candidate, tweeted: “Our politics have become too base, too low and too vulgar, but Kathy Griffin’s post descends into an even more repugnant and vile territory.”

I believe in the freedom of speech, but there are limits. Trying to laugh about violence does nothing more than show that it is OK and tolerable.

It’s not.

This kind of humor is not what American needs if it wants change to be made within our political system. There are ways to share our ideas and settle our differences through a political process with conversation.

Thought needs to go into deciding whether or not images like this are OK to be posted. As history has shown, free speech comes with consequences.

One would hope that after being fired by CNN and having multiple performances revoked, Griffin would understand that.

As she said in a public apology: "I'm a comic, I cross the line, I move the line and then I cross it. I went way too far."