Students from the same country that once produced one of the greatest women in world history, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, seemingly lack the maturity to take a joke.
The proof lies in the way students from the University of London chose to invite a comedian to perform at their school. Instead of just asking Jewish comedian Konstantin Kisin to perform at an upcoming charity event, they first demanded he sign a “behavioral agreement.”
“This contract has been written to ensure an environment where joy, love, and acceptance are reciprocated by all,” the agreement/contract reads. “By signing this contract, you are agreeing to our no tolerance policy with regards to racism, sexism, classism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia or anti-religion or anti-atheism.”
Look at a screenshot of the contract below:
I just received an invitation to perform *comedy* at a university…
— Konstantin Kisin (@KonstantinKisin) December 10, 2018
“All topics must be presented in a way that is respectful and kind. It does not mean that these topics can not be discussed. But, it must be done in a respectful and non-abusive way,” the contract adds.
In other words, they essentially asked him to sign a “no joking” contract, as one Twitter critic noted.
Comedian asked to sign “no joking” contract. https://t.co/1mVNsQcthN
— Alex Tabarrok (@ATabarrok) December 11, 2018
According to PJ Media, members of the school’s United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund chapter sent the same email to four other comedians.
“Attached is a short behavioral agreement form that we will ask for you to sign on the day to avoid problems,” club member Fisayo Eniolorunda reportedly wrote to them.
Eniolorunda has since disabled her Twitter account, presumably because of the backlash.
Speaking with PJ Media, Kisin said that though he initially “couldn’t believe it,” a review of past events helped him quickly realize why this was happening.
“But then I remembered the Nimesh Patel story from last week and Jerry Seinfeld saying he doesn’t play colleges and it started to make sense,” he said.
Two weeks ago students at Columbia University booted Patel — a former “Saturday Night Live” writer — off stage at a school event because his edgy jokes reportedly offended the crowd.
And three years ago comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld suggested to an ESPN Radio host that he refuses to perform at colleges because of rampant political correctness.
“I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC,'” he said at the time, adding that college students don’t know the meaning of real racism and hatred.
“They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist;’ ‘That’s sexist;’ ‘That’s prejudice.’ They don’t know what the hell they’re talking about,” he said.
He’s not the only comedian who feels this way:
“Comedy isn’t about being ‘kind’ and ‘respectful’ and the only people who get to decide what comedians talk about on stage are… comedians,” Kisin continued in his statement to PJ Media. “Comedy is supposed to push boundaries and challenge people and comedians should be free to mock religion, atheism and a whole load of other things.”
The comedian is no stranger to the controversy surrounding political correctness. Earlier this year he penned a column for the “Intellectual Dark Web” warning of PC culture’s ramifications.
“I shudder because I know that an environment in which anyone who does not hold the correct political views is ostracised can eat away at the heart of what makes Western society a beacon of hope to the rest of the world: the fact that we value free speech and individual autonomy above anything else, including material or practical considerations,” he opined.
He appears to believe such an environment can act lead to real fascism (versus President Donald Trump’s fictional fascism). Twitter users seem to agree.
“Political correctness is Fascism pretending to be manners.” George Carlin
— Dan Kelly (@DanielAKelly) December 11, 2018
Since ya know, they are allergic to comedy. The utopia won’t have “comedians” which are just agents of colonization and the patriarchy, we will have “Humor Regulators”.
— Erik Norvind (@ErikNorvind) December 11, 2018
More social control from the left wing system! Shows what a poor world they want us to live in, with no freedom of thought, speech or expression! Hitler and Stalin would be proud!
— Lord K. C. Grose (@LordGrose) December 11, 2018
Would be a very short set. “Good evening ladies and numerous other genders. Why did the fascist cross the road? How many fascists does it take to change a lightbulb? Isn’t Islam great? Thank you and goodnight”
— … (@Wanderingsoy) December 10, 2018
The little fascists are coming along nicely..
— Brian Thomas (@Kervanderv) December 11, 2018
Good grief! I am a mom, a Christian, and I do not like crude jokes but I understand what comedians do. I come from South America where comedians make fun of everyone. The daring ones even make fun of the drug cartels. This is silly but scary: akin to communist regimes.
— Doris M (@kimmat20) December 11, 2018
I’ve been to the DDR (East Germany) when it was still a thing. And I grew up in communism.
I can attest: the DDR was a much more fun place than most college campuses in 2018.
— Freedom Alternative?? (@Freedomalternat) December 11, 2018
Christ almighty. Any comedian who could fit into that totalitarian claptrap is not a comedian I want to see.
— Matteo (@matteoj17) December 11, 2018
Note also that the gig Kisin and his peers were invited to accept was an unpaid one.
Plot twist: it’s an UNPAID charity gig.
— Konstantin Kisin (@KonstantinKisin) December 10, 2018
Always. The ones who want to control us demand that we be controlled for free.
— Brian, Merry Christmas (@infinitythestar) December 11, 2018
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