Objections after Roy Chubby Brown has show axed – echoing Ashfield five years ago
More than 25,000 people have signed a petition calling for a council to reinstate a Roy Chubby Brown gig in Sheffield – compared with just 500 when a show in Kirkby was axed.
At the time, a council spokesman said: “The council does not feel the booking was appropriate for a council venue and not one it wished to be associated with.”
The council said: “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.”
Brown – real name Royston Vasey – said: “At first I had a sense of anger and disbelief, but on reflection I now feel just disappointment and sadness with the decision and the way things are going.
“I have been performing at the City Hall for the last 30-plus years.
“Now, in these strange times of snowflakes and political correctness, it has been decided I am no longer welcome. Why now is my question.”
After his Kirkby show was axed five years ago, the 76-year-old said: “It’s happened to me before. If they don’t want me, it’s not the type of venue I want to play.”
Lee Anderson, Conservative MP for Ashfield, was a serving Labour councillor on the then Labour-run Ashfield Council when Brown’s Kirkby show was axed.
Writing about his switch to the Tories ahead of his election in 2019, he said: “I remember one bizarre moment a few years ago when Chubby Brown came to do a gig in Ashfield.
“Chubby’s brand of off-colour humour is not to my taste, but he has a big following around here.
“But, of course, the Labour council, which owned the venue, banned the show because it ‘did not wish to be associated’ with him. It was a classic example of how the party had lost connection with its core voters.”