A comedian this week rejected an offer to perform in a university “safe space.” Instead, he booked a show to mock the constraints put on his performance by the students who invited him.
— Konstantin Kisin (@KonstantinKisin) December 11, 2018
“It does not mean that these topics can not be discussed,” the contract concluded. “But, it must be done in a respectful and non-abusive way.”
I just received an invitation to perform *comedy* at a university…
— Konstantin Kisin (@KonstantinKisin) December 10, 2018
Kisin, a Russian-born British Jew, did not identify the university in question and blacked out a reference to the organizer in the contract. However, he noted that it was regarding “an UNPAID charity gig,” and the
Further, Kisin linked to an article by PJ Media, a right-wing news website, which quoted him and outed the organizer as
According to PJ Media, the student club has a blanket policy that requires all comedians to sign the contract. Citing emails it had reviewed, PJ Media reported that Kisin was one of five local comedians who were sent the contract.
Other, mostly progressive, commentators have pushed back on such concerns, suggesting that there is some value to an education in social justice, and that the problem is far from the cultural crisis that critics suggest.
However, Kisin has apparently bet that he can get at least a routine’s worth of material out the phenomenon.
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