Kate Smurthwaite will be performing her stand up show Leftie Cockwomble for all to enjoy! The show is about free speech, language and the media with some very interesting views on the Daily Mail and Frankie Boyle…
Doors 7pm for 8pm start!
The show is FREE for Goldsmiths Comedy Society members and the Feminist Society*
£4 OTD for general public
*This is only valid if you have paid your membership and you will be asked for your student number OTD
Monday 02 February 2015
7pm – 11pm
Oh wait. It’s off.
Because of bullshit, that’s why. Kate posted the “explanation” publicly on Facebook.
Comedian Kate Smurthwaite has had her scheduled performance at Goldsmiths College cancelled after security officials said they “could not guarantee the safety of students”.
The issue arose from a group of students who objected to Kate’s widely-recognised support for the Nordic Model on prostitution. This arrangement, currently in place in Sweden and Norway, decriminalises those who sell sex and criminalises the purchase of sex. The students from the college’s Feminist Society (FemSoc) support legalisation of the sex industry and for this reason threatened to picket the event causing security to pull the plug.
Kate says “The strangest thing is that my show is not about prostitution. I don’t even mention it. In a massively ironic coincidence my show is about free speech, it’s power and uses and abuses. It is also about Saudi prisoner of conscience Raif Badawi who is now being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.”
“I find it very strange that anyone would feel they couldn’t enjoy a comedy show unless they agreed with 100% of the political views of the person performing. Goldsmiths have recently hosted Phil Kay and Rob Beckett – did anyone ask them what they think about fox hunting or all-female shortlists?”
Goldsmiths Feminist Society initially held a vote on whether they should support Kate’s appearance with 70% voting in favour of the show going ahead. However the losing minority announced they were going to form a picket line anyway and used Twitter to invite others from around the UK to join.
In a message from the organiser at Goldsmiths Comedy Society, who arranged the show, Kate was told “I asked you because I obviously admire you and enjoy your politics and comedy, but I have already had aggressive messages from the FemSoc and meeting with their ‘leader’ about it all.”
The show, a final London performance of Kate’s one woman Edinburgh Fringe political show Leftie Cock Womble, had been scheduled for Monday (2nd Feb) night and tickets had been on sale for several weeks.
That’s some bullshit there.