January 17, 2019
White comedian Zach Poitras was banned from participating in comedy events in Montreal, Canada, after organisers claimed his dreadlock hairstyle was inappropriate.
Poitras was originally supposed to appear at two comedy nights taking place at the Coop Les Récoltes bar, located in Montreal’s famous Quartier Latin area, but was rejected by the organisers, who wrote on Facebook that his dreadlock hairstyle violated their discrimination rules, Montreal newspaper Le Devoir reports.
“We will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment within our spaces,” the organisers wrote, and added that cultural appropriation, in their view, was when “someone from a dominant culture appropriates symbols, clothing or hairstyles that come from historically dominated cultures.”
The bar, which also serves as a co-op run by the Public Interest Research Group (GRIP) of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), argued that the comedian may not be racist himself but that his hairstyle acts as a “vehicle” for racism.
This article was posted: Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:09 am