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Kyle Lucey was canceled for a joke about his own childhood

Stand-up comedian Kyle Lucey is facing cancellation after fellow comedians hurled insults at protesters who were offended by a joke about Lucey’s own childhood.

When the coronavirus lockdown hit and comedy clubs around the world were forced to close, Lucy did what a select few comedians like to do, and the comedian was on an upward trajectory as a top comic. was. bert kreischer and Ben Bankas did: He took his talents outdoors.

During an outdoor comedy show, a passerby took serious offense at one of his most personal jokes and decided to disrupt the set.

“We were playing a show in a park and people came up to me and pushed over my amp because I was making a joke,” Lucy quickly recalled.

“A lot of my comedy comes from my own personal trauma. That’s why I was making jokes about my mother sexually assaulting me, which is a very true story and a very hurtful one. It’s a simple story, and one that took me years to understand.”It was easy to talk about,” he explained.

“But I think the people who weren’t sitting at the show, who were about 50 meters away (it was in the park), heard a man say the word ‘sexual assault’ on stage. I just saw them there and I wasn’t even paying attention.”Then they came up to us, pushed down the amplifiers, and said, “You’re promoting rape culture!” “said. ”

Lucy recalled that while angry pedestrians were voicing their opinions, another unfamiliar cartoon heckled back and called one of the activists “queer.”

The comedian said that during the outdoor show, any number of unknown people would be on stage.

“It’s like I’m rubbing elbows with everyone…some people have schizophrenia, some people have been headlining for 10 years.”

From that point on, Lucy began seeing material circulating online that made light of sexual assault and accused her of being part of a non-existent comedy “troupe” that yelled homophobic slurs at people. . Following this, the venue received threats and was forced to cancel Lucy’s show.

To make matters worse, Lucy said not only was she not professionally involved with the other alleged comedian, the same person had also made threats against him on other occasions.

“Imagine if I were someone other than white, and other demographics were brave enough to talk about sexual assault, but were turned away from the room because no one wanted to investigate. Imagine canceling, based on the words of another person who literally threatened me with death threats online,” Manga said.

As venues face harassment for booking the comedian, Lucy notes that progressive “Antifa” types are criticizing him for speaking out about his experiences, contrary to their own doctrine. I noticed that.

“If I were a female comedian talking about my experience of sexual assault, I would be brave, but as a man, people see it that way and think there’s no way I could tell the truth. They’re making fun of me. “Lucy continued. “And then you throw something back at me…that’s victim blaming, that’s what you guys want to call it!”

Who makes the decision to cancel a comedian’s appearance?

When it comes to officially canceling a show, Lucy said most promoters and bookers usually don’t have an opinion on a comedian’s content. There are usually no ideological problems in the comic’s daily life, but rather the owners trying to avoid loss of income and damage to property.

For example, threats the venue faced before Lucy’s show included bricks being thrown through windows and door locks jamming or jamming.

He said some venues have told him they don’t want to risk losing any more customers due to the coronavirus lockdown. Some clubs suggested changing his show or changing the title to quell the anger.

“They’re in touch with us comedians, but they’re not in touch with the mob. So it’s easier for them to say to comedians, ‘Look, come back in a month and we’ll change your name.’ ‘I can’t set my building on fire right now because of your show.’ It’s really crazy that something like that happens,” Lucy pointed out.

The young comedian explained that the dynamics of online comedy videos and in-person sets are completely different.

“Starting the clip one second into the set instead of 15 seconds completely changes the dynamic of the joke,” he said. This can lead to wildly different interpretations of the joke, especially when context is missing.

“Clips without context may not be framed correctly. It’s a completely different medium online, so there’s definitely the potential for reality to be bent in favor of the person reposting the video.”

“Comedians aren’t doing anything wrong,” Lucy continued. “It’s our job to make fun of things, but you wake up one day and someone cuts out a part of what you said, changed the context to make it sound really bad, and it ends up leaking online. there is. “

“I know some comedian friends of mine…things that worked well in front of the crowd they were in front of that night were taken out of context in the clip. And then they woke up to 100 death threats in the middle of the commotion.”If it’s cancelled, the venue just doesn’t want crazy people coming to the show. ”

Hate speech and Justin Trudeau

For Lucy, who grew up in Ajax, Ontario, Canada, the threat of retaliation from a government acting under hate speech laws is a very serious concern.

In 2016, this exact same thing happened to Canadian comedian Mike Ward. Ms Ward was paraded in front of a human rights tribunal over a joke about a disabled singer.he finally won Supreme Court appeal To cancel the $42,000 fine he received. The legal battle lasted nearly 10 years.

In 2007, an open mic in Vancouver, Canada, led to a human rights tribunal involving comedians. insulted two lesbians in the audience who had interrupted his show.

“Certainly, it’s very, very, very concerning,” Lucy said of hate speech laws. “It is very worrying that such legislation could be considered. [They could] It’s a damaging comedy,” he added.

Lucy said online content in Canada “basically already exists” in terms of censorship. The comedian cited a censored video on Instagram in which he called his family “white trash.”

“I just said ‘I’m white trash’ in a video and it was taken down as hate speech. It’s just stupid robots who are deciding whether or not things pass or not, which is insane. .”

“If things get down to the nitty-gritty and go to human rights courts, no one will produce anything,” he added.

Lucy described Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “one of the mean girls” from the movie of the same name, calling the leader “exactly what’s wrong with the Liberals and the Democratic Party.”

“Hypocritical, under-promising, all talk but no action, and a fiscal mess like the Democrats.”

“If he wants to run again, he should start wearing pants in public,” Lucy joked.

The comedian doesn’t think the general public is becoming radicalized, nor does he want freedom of speech trampled on to get him cancelled. In fact, he called the very idea of ​​shaming comedians a “radicalized” thought.

“Most of the people you talk to don’t endorse the radicalized ideology of policing and shaming. I think most people exist within the law…Who agrees with this? There aren’t any.”

The comedian said that in order to be successful, there should be no censorship of art. Creativity doesn’t occur when everything is watered down to pre-approved messages.

“What a strange and boring world it would be if you went to a museum and all the pictures were flowers. It would be too pretty.”

Barring some off-topic comments, Lucy concluded, “There’s just too much order and it just feels suffocating.”

Lucy has toured across Canada as a headliner and his tour dates can be found at: KyleLucey.com. His first comedy special “”damaged goods‘ is available for free on YouTube.

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