Jerry Sadowitz: Edinburgh’s Pleasance Theater says the show has been canceled after an ‘unprecedented number of complaints’

Edinburgh’s Pleasance Theater has released a new statement regarding the decision to cancel a stand-up performance by comedian Jerry Sadowitz.

Sadowitz was due to play two nights at the Pleasance at Edinburgh International Conference Centre. However, on Saturday (13 August) the second performance was canceled at short notice.

The venue previously issued a statement claiming the comedian’s material was “unacceptable” and “inconsistent with that [the theatre’s] Values”.

Well, put it in a second statement The Independentthe organization elaborated on the reasons for the show’s cancellation.

The venue said it received an “unprecedented number of complaints” that “could not be ignored” and that its teams were subsequently berated.

“Based on numerous complaints, we immediately became aware of content that was considered extreme in relation to, among other things, racism, sexism, homophobia and misogyny,” it said. “We will not engage in content that attacks human dignity and the language used on stage was totally unacceptable in our view.”

“A lot of people left the Jerry Sadowitz show because they felt uncomfortable and unsafe staying at the venue. We received an unprecedented number of complaints that could not be ignored and we had a duty to respond. Equally unacceptable is the subsequent abuse of our teams.”

The organization said its values ​​are “inclusive, diverse and welcoming,” adding that it is “proud of the progress we’ve made across our program.”

“We do not believe that racism, homophobia, sexism or misogynist language have a place in our venues,” it said.

“In a changing world, stories and language that were once accepted on stage, whether performed in the role or not, must be questioned. There is a line we will not cross in Pleasance and we felt that line was crossed on this occasion.”

“We do not pre-screen the entire content of the performances, and while Jerry Sadowitz is a controversial comedian, we have not been able to know the specifics of his performance. The Pleasance has performed his work many times over the years, but as soon as we received complaints from the people in the building, which was of great concern to us, we knew we couldn’t allow the last performance.”

The statement concluded, “The arts, and comedy in particular, have always pushed the boundaries of social norms, but that boundary is always moving. Our industry has to keep up. But that does not mean that we can allow such content on our stages.”

Sadowitz addressed the cancellation on Twitter on Saturday afternoon. “Did a show last night, 75 minutes, thought it went well. I haven’t seen any strikes,” he claimed.

The Independent contacted Sadowitz for further comments. Jerry Sadowitz: Edinburgh’s Pleasance Theater says the show has been canceled after an ‘unprecedented number of complaints’


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