Dieudonné M'bala M'bala is a controversial French comedian who was scheduled to put on several shows at the Corona Theatre in Montreal starting May 14th, but Quebec promoter evenko cancelled the event due to concerns over his "anti-Sermitic" stand-up material (however they chalked it up to "contractural conflicts."
M'bala was to do a four-day run in Montreal, and according to the National Post, evenko released the following statement without any further explanation: “Due to contractual conflicts, the Corona Theatre has decided to cancel Dieudonné’s performances scheduled for May 14, 15, 16 and 17."
Several Jewish groups in the city protested the comedian's appearance in the past few days, including the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), who released the following statement (as reported by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency): "It is well-known that Dieudonné's trademark is not humor but hatred toward Jews… That is why the French courts have on several occasions found him guilty of inciting hatred." They said his show "Rendez-nous Jésus" (Give us back Jesus) includes "a long litany of anti-Semitic comments," and they also cited an article in "Le Soir" in March that said it featured Holocaust denial, slurs against the Talmud and said that Hitler was "a nice boy."
It isn't the first time that M'bala has been met with such protest – this year the racy comedian was found guilty of inciting hatred in France, and he had to cancel shows in Brussels. He has also been forced to downsize and book with smaller venues, given larger ones aren't willing to take on M'bala and his outlandish material.
Ticketholders for any of the cancelled Montreal shows will be reimbursed.
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