Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign reportedly demanded a comedy club remove a video (below) from its website that mocks the former secretary of state.
Jamie Masada, owner of the Laugh Factory, in Hollywood, California, allegedly received a phone call from a "prominent" Clinton aide after a short video of comedians taking jabs at the presidential contender was posted on its website, according to Judicial Watch.
“He said the video was disgusting and asked who put me up to this,” Masada told Judicial Watch. “They threatened me. I have received complaints before but never a call like this, threatening to put me out of business if I don’t cut the video.”
Masada said the caller demanded he provide the names and phone numbers of the comedians in the video, but he declined on the basis that comedy is a platform for free speech, regardless of who is offended.
The performance Clinton reportedly wants removed, "Hilary Clinton vs. The First Amendment," includes some profanity and makes references to her age, sexual orientation, wardrobe and the Monica Lewinsky scandal involving former President Bill Clinton.
Many acclaimed comedians have performed at the Laugh Factory, including George Carlin, Tim Allen, Jay Leno, Jim Carey and George Lopez.
The American Civil Liberties Union notes censorship is the "the suppression of words, images, or ideas that are 'offensive,' [and] happens whenever some people succeed in imposing their personal political or moral values on others."
The organization states freedom of expression has few exceptions, but cases where the expression can cause direct and imminent harm, such as the classic shouting "fire" in a movie theater, may be one of them.