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The article about Kathy Griffin's appearance at the Uptown Theatre being cancelled was not clear as to whether the Uptown made the decision to cancel her. If it was indeed the theater's decision then I loudly applaud them for it. This is not a First Amendment issue. The First Amendment protects free speech from actions taken by the government. There is nothing wrong with a private entity refusing to promote the activities of someone who is tasteless and indecent.

Kathy Griffin's stunt of displaying a mockup of Donald Trump's severed head, as if in an ISIS video, was obscene and completely beyond the pale. It was not comedy, satire, or the least bit clever. It revealed her to be a no- talent fraud with a flat career desperately seeking attention. She then had the nerve to call a press conference with her lawyer and try to portray herself as a victim of the Trump family and of "old white men" who have tried to keep her down all her life. Hey, lady, you brought this all upon yourself. Apparently, the reaction was not quite what you expected. Too bad, stop whining. Actions have consequences.

Speaking of consequences, anybody who thinks no one was harmed by this needs to think again. Most people, while offended by Griffin's obscene stunt, can handle being exposed to it. How about Barron Trump? The kid is only 11 years old. You can't tell me that at some level this child was not affected by seeing a depiction of his father having been beheaded.

Again, I want to express my gratitude that Kathy Griffin's appearance in Napa was cancelled. She really should just go away from public view for a long, long time. However, if she still wants to perform in Napa I suppose she could stand on a street corner and try to tell jokes. She could put a cardboard box on the sidewalk for people to toss small change into if they feel sorry enough for her.

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Jim McGrath

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Editor's note: Management of the Uptown declined Monday to comment on who decided to cancel  the show.

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