St. Catharines council will not ask for Jeff Dunham to be cancelled


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St. Catharines city council will not be asking for a performance by Jeff Dunham to be cancelled but they plan on building a policy for futures performances.

The issue was brought forward by the city's anti-racism committee who say the comedians performances are racist.

Mayor Walter Sendzik says, "We are not thought police, we can't as a council start cancelling different pieces of art because we feel that it is an infringement, there has to be something more foundational and I think that is the hardest part of the discussion - he has never been charged with a hate crime and he has performed around the world and around the country and no one has come out and said I am going to charge you with hate speech." 

Dunham uses a number of puppets in his act that are based on various racial stereotypes.

Sendzik adds that Council will move forward with creating a set of principles to guide future performances at city owned facilities, "We have to make sure the guiding principles that are created are not about censorship."

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Jeff Dunham is set to perform at the Meridian Centre on November 20th.