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Campaign launched in protest against Chubby Brown gig

ANTI-RACISTS have launched a campaign in protest against a Roy Chubby Brown gig in Whitby.

The 76-year-old performer, whose real name is Royston Vasey, is to appear at the Spa Pavilion Theatre in the Yorkshire coastal town on Saturday night.

Resident Caitlin Webb-Ellis launched a “Whitby Says No” campaign to have the performance cancelled by Scarborough Council, which owns the theatre, and she has now been backed by Scarborough’s Stand Up to Racism group.

Mr Brown has a reputation for racist, mysogynist and homophobic “jokes” and peppers his performances with the N-word.

Ms Webb-Ellis said: “He’s been before and we’ve talked about it, but we haven’t done anything. We are not going to accept it any longer.”

Anti-racists will stage a protest at the theatre at 7pm on Saturday.

Kim Hunter of Scarborough Stand Up to Racism said: “How could we not protest at the kind of ‘humour’ that normalises racism and contributes to a culture of white supremacism in a society already suffering from institutionalised racism?”

A spokesman for Scarborough Council said: “There are no plans to cancel the performance in Whitby. It is a personal choice whether someone wishes to pay to see him on stage.”


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