Fans of controversial comedian Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown are set to hold a protest next week after his upcoming show in Sheffield was cancelled due to concerns about his material.
The 76-year-old – who was billed to perform at Sheffield City Hall in January next year – has in the past used racial slurs, including the n-word, and jokes about AIDS.
Fans have been encouraged to meet outside the venue on September 10 after a petition demanding his show be reinstated garnered more than 20,000 signatures.
‘On the 10th September at 10am, I have been informed of a protest commencing outside the Sheffield City Hall,’ an update on the petition reads.
‘Anyone who is able to attend are more than welcome to come along too, the more Roy “Chubby” Brown fans the merrier!’
It comes after MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough Gill Furniss welcomed the pulling of his show, saying it was the ‘right thing to do’.
Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown, 76, was billed to perform at Sheffield City Hall in January next year, but had his set pulled over concerns about the nature of his material
She said: ‘I have written to the Sheffield City Trust CEO and Leader of Sheffield Council, to welcome the decision to cancel the Roy Chubby Brown performance at City Hall.
‘This is the right thing to do. There is no place for any hate filled performance in our diverse and welcoming city.’
The comic, whose real name is Royston Vasey, has been cancelled by a string of other venues in the past and was banned from performing at Middlesborough Town Hall in 2018.
Mr Vasey has been performing since the 1960s and has thousands of fans, but many find his humour to be racist, sexist and highly offensive.
Explaining the latest cancellation, Andrew Snelling, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Trust, said: ‘As our entertainment venues reopen following lockdown restrictions, we have been reviewing our programme of events.
‘We have decided to remove the rescheduled show by comedian Roy Chubby Brown at Sheffield City Hall.
The comic, whose real name is Royston Vasey, has been cancelled by a string of other venues in the past and was even banned from appearing at Middlesborough Town Hall in 2018
‘We don’t believe this show reflects Sheffield City Trust values, particularly our ambition that our leisure, culture and entertainment venues are inclusive for all in Sheffield.’
The petition calling for the show to be reinstated quickly followed.
Haley Madden, who set up the online campaign, said: ‘Yes some of the comedians material may not be to everyone’s taste but my view, like many others around, it’s simple: If you don’t like, don’t go watch.
The petition reads: ‘Let Comedian Roy Chubby Brown perform in Sheffield.’
The cancelling of the gig has infuriated fans online, who branded the decision as ‘woke’, while many have supported the move.
One fan wrote under the petition: ‘This sets a dangerous precedent.
‘Can any of us get something cancelled if we don’t like it? This will do nothing other than invite the whole tedious culture war nonsense upon Sheffield City Hall.’
Fans have been encouraged to meet outside Sheffield City Hall on September 10 after a petition demanding his show be reinstated has garnered almost 20,000 signatures
Another said: ‘This PC snowflake nonsence is ruining comedy. Chubby Brown isn’t to everyone’s taste and I can understand not being in mainstream TV. [sic]
‘However, he has a huge following with people wanting to see the shows.
‘The banning is pathetic behaviour from bores that are trying to destroy comedy, arts and culture. Let Chubby perform.’
One fumed: ‘This is the slippery slope of the cancel culture movement. Who would have thought that in the United Kingdom in 2021 we are being told by those in positions of power what we can watch and listen to.
‘More akin to North Korea.’
Others agreeing with the ban described the comic as ‘vile’.
One Twitter user said: ‘Roy Chubby Brown is a vile man with zero comedic value. Why are people fighting to book him?’
Another said: ‘Who would have thought… a comic who was outdated 20 years ago is popular all of a sudden in backwards Britain.’
One jibed: ‘Roy works hard to make racism and misogyny acceptable and accessible to all.’
One supported the organisers’ right to cancel the show, adding: ‘He’s not in line with Sheffield City Trusts values… they don’t have to have him on, it’s their choice.’