Dreadlocked Quebec comic pleads for calm after bei

first_imgDreadlocked Quebec comic pleads for calm after being told his hairstyle is racist by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 18, 2019 11:13 am PDT Zach Poitras is shown in this undated handout photo from Facebook. An aspiring Montreal comedian has been told he cannot take part in shows at a university bar because his dreadlocks are a form of cultural appropriation. The Coop les Recoltes, a bar and solidarity co-operative at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, confirmed on Facebook its decision to exclude Zach Poitras, who is white, because of his hairstyle. Poitras, denied a spot at the Snowflake Comedy Club and another evening of “engaged humour,” declined comment on the situation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Facebook, Zach Poitras MONTREAL — A Montreal comic who was told he could not perform — or even be in the audience — at a comedy show because his hairstyle was considered racist is pleading for calm from both sides of the debate.Zach Poitras, a white man with dreadlocked hair, received international attention after he was told by the Coop les Recoltes, a bar and solidarity co-operative at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, that his hair is a form of violence.The bar told Poitras his dreadlocks are a form of cultural appropriation and he was not welcome at a comedy night called the Snowflake Comedy Club. The club says Poitras’ hair is an example of a dominant culture appropriating the symbols, clothing or hairstyles of a historically dominated people.In a response on Facebook, Poitras says the co-operative overreacted. But he does not appreciate populist opinion writers making him a poster boy for left-wing politics run amok.Poitras adds he does not agree with a movement by some comedians to boycott future shows at the Coop les Recoltes.Poitras says he considers himself gender fluid, and in general his politics aline with those of the co-operative. He calls it absurd that his dreadlocked hair led to him being labelled a racist.The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img

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