A series of performances by a Jew-baiting French comedian has been canceled in Canada.
Dieudonne, a longtime antagonist of France’s Jewish community, will not perform four shows that had been scheduled to take place next week in Montreal. Evenko, the promoter behind the appearances, cited “contractual conflicts” Friday as it called off the shows, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Dieudonne’s planned routine, which reportedly included Holocaust denial and joking praise for Hitler, had been been condemned in a letter to Evenko from Canada’s Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs — a letter that earned local media attention last week. Evenko had previously pledged to be “more vigilant” in selecting the entertainers it works with, but had not said it would take any action regarding Dieudonne’s shows.
Long a polarizing figure in France, Dieudonne has routinely targeted Jews and Israel in his routines, including a 2003 TV appearance that ended with the comedian giving a Nazi salute and shouting either “Israel” or “Isra-heil.” A supporter of Hezbollah and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he has been convicted by a French court of racial defamation, and has faced opposition from a French anti-racism group for his next film, “The Anti-Semite,” which received some of its financing from Iran.
Performances in Europe have also run into trouble in recent months, with the comedian barred from performing in the French town of Angers, and seeing another show shut down mid-performance in Belgium.
Despite his legal troubles, the performer has retained a following. Canada’s National Post reported last week that tickets to Dieudonne’s Montreal shows were “going fast.”
The Times of Israel covers one of the most complicated, and contentious, parts of the world. Determined to keep readers fully informed and enable them to form and flesh out their own opinions, The Times of Israel has gradually established itself as the leading source of independent and fair-minded journalism on Israel, the region and the Jewish world.
We've achieved this by investing ever-greater resources in our journalism while keeping all of the content on our site free.
Unlike many other news sites, we have not put up a paywall. But we would like to invite readers who can afford to do so, and for whom The Times of Israel has become important, to help support our journalism by joining The Times of Israel Community. Join now and for as little as $6 a month you can both help ensure our ongoing investment in quality journalism, and enjoy special status and benefits as a Times of Israel Community member.