Yesterday, GCN reported that AMACH! LGBT Galway has scheduled a protest ahead of Polish comedian Wojciech Cejrowski’s performance in the Black Box Theatre in Galway. The protest was organised due to the comedian’s history of homophobic, Islamophobic and misogynistic content.
It has since come to light that the Cork performance of Cejrowski’s show has been cancelled following protests from the LGBT+ community. He was due to perform in Cork IT’s School of Music next Friday night for an evening of stand-up comedy and “stories about adventures and travels”. The show is one of the comedian’s four performances scheduled across the country as part of Polish Cultural Week.
In the past, Cejrowski has equated gay people to paedophiles and he has openly called for an attack on the LGBT+ community. In a statement, Cork Pride said: “Cejrowski has built a career and his notoriety by inciting hatred and violence towards people who identify as LGBT+.”
Cejrowski’s Belfast performance has also been cancelled. Aleksandra Lojek, a hate crime support worker in Northern Ireland, expressed her concerns over the comedian on BBC Radio Ulster in July. 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.”
AMACH! has called for the comedian’s Galway performance to be cancelled. The organisation have urged the Town Hall Theatre, who are responsible for the Black Box Theatre, to “reconsider as there are a considerable number of LGBT+ Polish people in Galway who associate this performer with his extremely homophobic and transphobic agenda”. AMACH! added that “there is no place in our city for such hate-promoting performers, who seek to push a far-right agenda”.
AMACH! continue to call on the people of Galway to join them for a peaceful protest at the Black Box Theatre this Saturday evening from 7.00pm.
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