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AFTER the humiliation of the trial and the peremptory dispatch to prison, the final indignity for Rolf Harris is the fate that befalls so many of the modern criminal celebrities - public scorn.

Like Gary Glitter, Stuart Hall and others before him, Harris is quickly being airbrushed from history, his records silenced, his TV programmes quietly shelved and his paintings taken down from galleries all over the world.

In Merthyr Tydfil, where he reopened an art gallery after a PS320,000 refurbishment, the commemorative plaque remains but the disgraced entertainer's name has been 'edited out'.

While some may view all of this as a Stalinist knee-jerk reaction, it's perfectly understandable and quite right that public establishments should seek to distance themselves from a man many of us viewed as a kindly uncle but who has now been exposed as a nauseating creep and serial sex predator.

In fact, the only issue we have with the likes of the National Library of Wales, which has placed a painting donated to it by Harris into storage, is why it isn't dumping the artwork in the nearest skip or auctioning it off to the highest bidder.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 6, 2014
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