Perennial hindu whinger Rajan Zed has called on Houston Ballet to cancel the ballet La Bayadère.
Zed said in a statement saying that Houston Ballet, nation's fifth largest ballet company which claimed to be an "anti-racist organization",
should not be in the business of callously promoting appropriation of traditions, elements and concepts of "others"; and ridiculing entire communities.
Zed said that this deeply problematic ballet was just a blatant belittling of a rich
civilization and exhibited 19th-century orientalist attitudes. He urged non-profit Houston Ballet to apologize for such an inappropriate selection.
Zed also urged Houston Ballet Trustees Chair S. Shawn Stephens, Executive Director James Nelson and
Artistic Director Stanton Welch to re-evaluate its systems and procedures so that such an inappropriate stuff did not slip through in the future. In addition, all Houston Ballet employees should be sent for cultural sensitivity training.
Brief Statement from Josh Fox about The Public Theater cancellation of The Truth Has Changed
For the past week I have been performing my solo show THE TRUTH HAS CHANGED at The Public Theater's Under The Radar Festival.
The remainder of the show's run was cancelled today without notice nor any attempt to communicate clearly the reasons for the cancellation.
THE TRUTH HAS CHANGED is a highly political monologue that addresses
our current crisis of truth and misinformation in this year's highly charged electoral atmosphere. It calls directly for non-violent political revolution and it addresses the connections between big oil, big data and white supremacy. The project is a
clear, straightforward indictment of the politics of misinformation of Donald Trump, Facebook, and the oil industry, and it calls for direct audience reactions to its content. It is a vitally important work of art that nightly standing ovations, strong
reviews, and vibrant public reaction prove needs to be seen. The Public Theater continually put up roadblocks to the show's success and promotion in the run up to the premiere and the staff was openly hostile towards the show in its brief tenure at the
This includes verbal threats, coercion, angry tirades and physical intimidation by festival producers including Mark Russell, Jon Grenay and other Public staff members towards me personally and to members of our team.
These clear violations of the code of conduct of the theater were noted, and we emailed 4 written statements to The Public Theater.. Our complaints were ignored and belittled. In response to acts of aggression towards me, I continually and passionately
pleaded with Mark Russell, Ruth Sternberg and others, saying that we were feeling unsafe and that under present conditions we felt we could not do the show. I was accused of being too emotional, complaining too loudly, and then, without notice they
cancelled the remaining run of the show.
However, are undaunted in our desire to present THE TRUTH HAS CHANGED. We will be running performances of the show at our small rehearsal space in Brooklyn, WOW
HAUS, on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8pm. We can only fit about 50 people into our space, but we wish to honor all ticket holders for our remaining shows AND ANYONE ELSE who wants to come. Free of charge. We will be looking for theaters to continue
the run of this show immediately.
We reserve the right to legal action against The Public Theater and the Under The Radar Staff for their actions.
The head of Middlesbrough Town Hall resigned in protest at the town's mayor lifting a ban on controversial comedian Roy Chubby Brown.
Mayor Andy Preston made the heroic decision in August, and free speech denier Lorna Fulton, who had run the council
venue since May 2018, resigned September as a result.
On Tuesday, Mayor Preston said the comic, from Middlesbrough, could come home. Last year, Middlesbrough Town Hall said there was currently no place in the programme for this show. 'Defend his
right to perform', but in a Facebook post on Tuesday, Preston said Brown would perform there in the New Year. He explained
Many big comedy names are controversial - in fact, that's really part of what comedy is. Many
comedians say things that some people may find offensive.
Personally, Chubby Brown's act isn't my cup of tea - but I respect and will defend the right of Chubby to perform his act and for those who do find him funny to spend their
hard-earned cash on tickets to see him.
If you find Chubby Brown's act offensive, there's a simple answer - don't go to see him.
Brown's manager Tony Jo told Teesside Live :
I'd like to thank the mayor for his support in clearing the situation up and Roy is looking forward to his return. He's absolutely delighted. It will be a very emotional night for him and he can't wait.
Offsite Comment: That Terrible Moment When You Have To Defend Roy Chubby Brown
A gig by comedian Roy Chubby Brown has been cancelled because Swansea Council said it was unlikely to reflect our values and commitments.
It said it would refund 52 tickets sold in advance of April's gig.
But Brown's management
criticised the decision, saying not everybody likes Marmite but it doesn't mean the people that eat it are wrong.
The council's censorship attracted more than 500 comments on Facebook, with a further 300 messages on Brown's Facebook page after his
management said the gig had been unceremoniously cancelled. They said:
Roy is one of the most popular artistes ever to appear in Swansea and the crowds love him. Who has made a minority decision for the majority?
Everybody seems to be frightened, to be honest, in case they upset some militant minority soap box protagonist. Everybody's got different tastes.