UPDATE September 6 16:00: Radisson Blu Dublin cancelled the event. Following the cancellation, they released a statement saying the event will “no longer being held in our hotel due to offensive content which goes against our viewpoint as a hotel.” The
UPDATE September 6 17:00: Following cancellation by the Raddision Blu Dublin Airport, event organsiers moved the event to The Finnstown Castle hotel. The Finnstown Castle hotel has confirmed that it has now cancelled the event. In a statement made to GCN, a spokesperson said: “Once we were made aware of the performer’s history, we instantly made the decision to cancel the event.”
A Polish homophobic comedian who has incited violence against the LGBT+ community in the past is set to appear at the Radisson Dublin Airport tomorrow, for a stand-up comedy performance which concerns stories about his travels in Mexico.
A change.org petition to cancel the Dublin show has received almost 200 signatures so far.
Wojciech Cejrowki has previously had shows in Galway, Belfast and Cork cancelled following protests by the LGBT+ community.
The protests were organised due to the comedian’s history of homophobic, Islamophobic and misogynistic content.
Aleksandra Lojek, a hate crime support worker in Northern Ireland, expressed her concerns over the comedian on BBC Radio Ulster. She told the Nolan Show that the content is “not even controversial, it’s simply Islamophobic and homophobic rants”.
Lojek, who is Polish, is adamant that Cejrowski is not representative of the Polish community, as she said her initial reaction was “No, no, not here, not this guy, not here in Northern Ireland where we are trying to integrate and where we have been living for many years.”
Lojek’s sentiments were mirrored by The Rainbow Project who condemned the scheduled appearance of Cejrowski last year.
Speaking before the cancellation of Cejrowski’s performance, John O’Doherty, Director of The Rainbow Project, stated:
“We spoke out originally in July when this event was announced, as this performer has a well-known history of making discriminatory and inflammatory comments through his content on YouTube and during his various television appearances.
“This content is homophobic in nature with direct intent to incite exclusion and discrimination against members of the LGBT+ community. His comments are also explicitly derogatory towards women claiming that their place is in the home and that they are inferior to men. With regards to immigration, Cejrowski has also called for immigrants to be expelled from Poland.”
In the past, Cejrowski has equated gay people to paedophiles, and he has openly called for an attack on the LGBT+ community.
In November 2018, he was banned from Telewizja Polska, Poland’s national broadcaster following an appearance where he burnt an EU flag.
Cejrowski is also strongly against abortion and abortion providers. In one of the interview, he said, “I wish abortion clinics could burn down and abortion providers get shot.”
His event tomorrow is marked as child-friendly, and it is his only planned event in Ireland this year.
Radisson Blu Dublin Airport did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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