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Drag Queen Sharon Needles Recreates Kathy Griffin's Controversial Trump Photo

07/06/2017 7:43 AM AEST | Updated 07/06/2017 11:44 PM AEST

Sharon Needles, the winner of the fourth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” recreated Kathy Griffin’s controversial Donald Trump photo shoot for a performance of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll” last night.

According to World of Wonder, Needles decided to give the memorable performance at the P Town Bar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she frequently appears, after stepping off of a 14-hour flight from Tel Aviv. She reportedly applied fake blood to an Owen Wilson mask, manipulated a red Joan Rivers wig into a style that resembled Griffin’s hair and then posed and performed with the head while dressed as the comedian. 

For Needles, who has been called the “queen of shock drag,” the use of the Rivers wig took on extra special significance.

”It’s kind of mind boggling the levels to this story,” she told WOW. “That a female comic in this day and age, who was a friend of Joan Rivers, and who was on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ with our president, is subjected to this type of abuse. I mean… if only Joan was still around. And the fact that we don’t hold our male politicians to the same standard as female comedians is shocking… “

Griffin sparked bipartisan outrage last week when a photo of her holding a fake decapitated head meant to represent President Trump was released. The backlash was swift, with multiple venues canceling upcoming appearances, CNN dropping her from its New Year’s Eve show and Trump himself tweeting about the photo.

Griffin apologized and later gave a press conference where she claimed the Trump family was “trying to ruin her life.” 

“I don’t think I’m going to have a career after this,” Griffin said Friday. “He broke me,” she added before noting that she was determined to carry on. “You know what, I’m going to make fun of him more now.”

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