Roy Chubby Brown shows fans a lockdown ‘keep fit routine’
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The 76 year old comic, known for his profanities and uncouth one liners, was due to appear at Sheffield City Hall early next year. The show had been postponed due to the pandemic. But councillors have pulled out after locals in the city wrote to them urging them to reconsider.
Chief executive of Sheffield City Trust, Andrew Snelling, said: “As our entertainment venues reopen following lockdown restrictions, we have been reviewing our programme of events.
“We have decided to remove the rescheduled show by comedian Roy Chubby Brown at Sheffield City Hall on January 29, 2022.
“We don’t believe this show reflects Sheffield City Trust values, particularly our ambition that our leisure, culture and entertainment venues are inclusive for all in Sheffield.
“Those who have already purchased tickets will receive a full refund.
“We understand that some people will be disappointed with our decision but we must uphold the standards and values that we promote and expect across our venues.”
Councillor Terry Fox, leader of Sheffield City Council, added: “The council wholeheartedly supports Sheffield City Trust’s decision to remove the booking for Roy Chubby Brown’s January show.
“Sheffield is a City of Sanctuary, with diverse communities and the content of this show is unlikely to reflect Sheffield’s inclusive values.”
Sheffield is not the first city to cancel one of Brown’s shows. A range of cities and towns across the UK have cancelled the comedian including Middleton and Swansea last year.
When he was axed by council officials in Swansea, hundreds of people complained online.
One wrote: “Who has made a minority decision for the majority?
“Everybody seems to be frightened, to be honest, in case they upset some militant minority soap box protagonist. Everybody’s got different tastes.”
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Brown began his career in the early 1970s after appearing on talent show New Faces.
He was not allowed to perform on Opportunity Knocks after he said the word “ar*e” in his interview.
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