Sunday, December 29, 2013

France: Comic’s show may be banned for ‘anti-Semitism’

Philosémitisme Blog points out that Dieudonné is not a side-show for the extreme right.  He's one of the most popular comedians in France.  Tickets to his shows are sold through FNAC, the largest entertainment retail chain in France.  Thousands attend his performances.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced on Friday that he would try to legally ban performances by French comic and actor Dieudonné, who has frequently been accused of anti-Semitism. 
Dieudonné is best known for televised sketch comedy and a one-man show in Paris, in which he professes staunch anti-Israel views that many say amount to hate speech. He has also downplayed the significance of the Holocaust, calling commemorations “memorial pornography”. 
“Despite a conviction for public defamation, hate speech and racial discrimination, Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala no longer seems to recognise any limits,” a statement released by Valls read. “Consequently, the interior minister has decided to thoroughly examine all legal options that would allow a ban on Dieudonné’s public gatherings, which no longer belong to the artistic domain, but rather amount to a public safety risk.”

More: France24

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