The United Way of Tampa Bay has canceled an event featuring actress Susan Sarandon after getting some three dozen complaints about her anti-war views.
Sarandon had been scheduled as the keynote speaker at the April 11 event designed to inspire voluntarism in the community. Her brother, Terry Tomalin, outdoors writer at the St. Petersburg Times, asked her to participate six months ago.
But when invitations went out about two weeks ago, the United Way said it received phone calls, e-mails and letters criticizing Sarandon's selection because of her anti-war views.
Sarandon, who introduced the obituary segment of Sunday's Academy Awards show, flashed a peace symbol with her fingers while walking on stage at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.