The Center for the Arts cancels Kathy Griffin show

The Center for the Arts released this statement on its Facebook page:

Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins appearance in Grass Valley, CA on June 16, 2017 has been cancelled. ​Ticket holders will receive a full refund from the box office by close of business Friday, June 2. Please do not contact the box office unless you wish to donate your tickets back to The Center to help offset costs.

Julie Baker, Executive Director writes, “We do not condone the recent photos published by Ms. Griffin. It was our intention to bring a comedy show to Grass Valley. We bring a wide variety of arts and entertainment to our community and we booked Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins because we felt now more than ever we needed a good laugh.

Unfortunately, due to recent actions for which she has publicly apologized, we have received hundreds of angry and threatening emails and phone calls including threats to the Vets Hall building and our community. While we support Ms Griffin’s public apology we cannot in good faith put our patrons, staff, volunteers, or the artist at risk. We wholeheartedly support free speech but in light of this situation, our first priority must be public safety and we feel it is in the best interest of our community of which we serve, to cancel this event. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.”

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23 Responses to The Center for the Arts cancels Kathy Griffin show

  1. jeffpelline says:

    Why does Todd Juvinall and his trolls keep referring to this woman as Kathy Griffith? You can’t fix stupid, I guess.

  2. Judith Lowry says:

    Hundreds of threats vis email and telephone.
    Hundreds?
    Reconsidering Nevada County as a great place to live, Zillow take me away!

  3. jon smith says:

    Center for the Arts:
    “… we have received hundreds of angry and threatening emails and phone calls including threats to the Vets Hall building and our community”

    Todd Juvinall: May 31, 2017 at 3:26 PM
    “We are all about free speech.”

    Kind of takes your breathe away to hear this man blatantly lie on an hourly basis.

    • jeffpelline says:

      The fact that Todd and his trolls continues to misspell her name – it’s Kathy Griffin, not Kathy Griffith – shows they are merely robotic ideologues, not thinking people.

    • Annie Fox says:

      Threats to the Veterans Hall. Is this how they treat the courageous me and women who served our country?

  4. jeffpelline says:

    Todd is becoming unhinged on Facebook — nothing new, I suppose. A rant to Mike Mooers is unbelievable. The responses are amusing. One example: “I’m impressed that Todd managed to write all that without using the word ‘cofveve.'” roflol.

  5. Joe Koyote says:

    So what is really going on here? Who were these threats and complaints from? Is the CfA using discretion? Another possibility: are they caving in to large donors who are also trump supporters? Apology or not is this a free speech issue? The ACLU is defending the right of the “alt.right” white supremacy groups to have parades in Portland next month even though the mayor has asked then to cancel in light of the recent shootings. How is this any different except that Griffin is an art form and the hate groups a political forum? You can’t through out the baby with the bathwater.

  6. Steve Frisch says:

    I should have known that if some yahoo was going to be in the front of the pack demanding justice about Kathy ‘Griffith’ it would be the village idiot who runs Sierra Dragon’s ‘Breathe’. Was it good performance art? I don’t think so. Was it free speech? Of course it was. Just as pictures of Obama hung in effigy or Ann Coulter’s speech is. If you support free speech you have to support free speech for unpopular ides. Todd is not a supporter of free speech.

  7. Steve Frisch says:

    BTW I have no problem with the Center for the Arts cancelling the show. Who could predict what kind of dangerous shit show would be going on out front.

  8. Judith Lowry says:

    Well, it’s for sure going to be one of this year’s most popular Halloween costumes.

  9. jeffpelline says:

    What’s interesting is that Todd, a former Supe, is refusing to correct his mistake. He acknowledges that he got the name wrong, but he continues to repeat it (“Griffith,” not “Griffin”) and his trolls lash out with their nasty personal attacks. It is the belligerence and personal attacks in general that give rise to concerns about “dangerous s*** shows” outside, and it is a stark reminder that it is impossible to change an ideologues’ mind. It is irrational behavior and that’s dangerous.

    • brucelevy says:

      They’re too “invested” to change their minds, regardless of the facts.

      • brucelevy says:

        It’s like the old Sufi story of the guy who passed a shop window every day and saw this beautiful red fruit. After saving his money he went in to buy it. Of course it was the hottest pepper ever. One day a friend of his walked by and said why are you eating that pepper and crying? Just stop eating it. He said “I can’t, I’m eating my money.”

  10. Joe Koyote says:

    But it was just that, performance art. No one was murdered or maimed. The number of hate crimes by white supremacists has gone through the roof since Trump began his hate-filled run for office. Some people are just too stupid to recognize that Trump himself is nothing more than performance art. But, there is blood on his hands. Isn’t it the point of performance art to push the envelope, to portray that which people think but are afraid to speak? It is the Center’s right to cancel the show for any reason they choose. I can thoroughly appreciate their desire to provide a pleasant evening of entertainment for the public free from the stress of the day to day political polarization that haunts our country. However, caving in to threats of right wing violence is the same mistake the Germans made in the 1930’s. Caving in to donors, if that is the case of the CfA, or to advertisers, in the case of CNN and others, who don’t happen to appreciate Ms. Griffin’s art is letting money dictate free speech. Either way is taking the wrong turn at the wrong time.

    • jeffpelline says:

      I think the concern was that it had morphed into a public safety issue because of the “hundreds of angry and threatening emails and phone calls including threats to the Vets Hall building and our community” : “While we support Ms Griffin’s public apology we cannot in good faith put our patrons, staff, volunteers, or the artist at risk. We wholeheartedly support free speech but in light of this situation, our first priority must be public safety and we feel it is in the best interest of our community of which we serve, to cancel this event.”

  11. jeffpelline says:

    Meanwhile, on Todd’s blog, the sickos come out as the night drags on. The personal attacks ramp up while the intelligent discourse is thrown out the window. Go figure!

  12. jeffpelline says:

    I read George Boardman’s “analysis” of this topic. Not once did he mention this: http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/08/politics/donald-trump-cnn-megyn-kelly-comment/index.html
    George is an idiot.

    • Annie Fox says:

      George also missed the point when he mentioned that Kathy Griffin went to far but failed to mention that things have been going too far for years. I remember clearly it went way too far during the last administration.

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