Hundreds of people have called on Ashfield District Council in Nottinghamshire to lift its ban on the comedian Roy Chubby Brown appearing at one of its venues.The council cancelled the show claiming that the comedian’s material was not appropriate . It said in a statement it did not feel the booking was:
Appropriate for a council venue and not one that it wished to be associated with.
Ricky-Lee Cooke, who started a petition to overturn the decision, said people had the right to make their own choice. Roy Chubby Brown was due to appear at Festival Hall, in Kirkby, in October. Cooke, whose petition has 465 signatures, said:
I’m a big believer in freedom of speech… I do believe it’s censorship. It’s for the people to decide, no one is forcing [them] to go. They know what the show is like.
I do think [the material] is appropriate and I don’t think the council should be making decisions like this.
Steven Lloyd, the comedian’s manager, said:
We do shows for the fans, not for the council. This is purely a vendetta against Roy as they have not banned other comics from the venue.
They booked the show last November and it took them [until] now to cancel it because they didn’t want ‘his type’.