No doubt about it, Dieudonne, a French comedian of mixed Camerounian/French parentage enrages the politically correct with his eclectic satire, which often jabs at sacred cows like the new Western elite religion of holocaust and at Zionism. He has invited on stage and honoured as diverse people as historical revisionist Prof. Robert Faurrison and Front National founder Jean-Marie LePen. A planned May visit to Quebec, which had venues already sold out predictably drew the ire of Canada`s Jewish censorship lobby. Ban him, they demanded, and Canada`s compliant government obliged. Dieudonne`s right to be heard and equally important Canadians right to hear him and make up their own minds are crushed again by the tentacles of Puritanical political correctness
The Globe and Mail (April 25, 2016) outlined the pressures exerted by those who can abide no views but their own: “The French performer known as Dieudonné bills himself as a comedian, but many people do not find him funny at all. He has mocked the Holocaust on stage, called Hitler a ‘good boy,’ and popularized a controversial hand gesture known as the “quenelle” that resembles a downward Nazi salute.
The material has earned him a string of convictions in Europe for racial hatred. Now the entertainer is scheduled to travel to Montreal for a series of sold-out shows next month, putting pressure on Ottawa to ban his entry and sparking a debate over the limits of free speech.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said flatly Friday that Dieudonné, whose real name is Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, is persona non grata in the city. ‘Someone who incites racial hatred and foments social tensions in Europe isn’t welcome in Montreal,’ he tweeted.
[He’s a satirist, not a politician or agitator.]
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs called on Ottawa to keep the comedian out.
‘Canada should not let a convicted offender of hate speech laws into the country,’ said spokesman David Ouellette. ‘He has crossed the line into incitement to violence. When you’re calling on people to unite to kill Jews, it is surely a red line, where freedom of expression is no excuse.’”
Coderre is an appalling hypocrite. The very day of the radical Moslem attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo (incidentally dominated by Jewish Trotskyists) Coderre spoke at a free speech vigil in Montreal in January, 2015
The evening of the horrific massacre of a dozen people and the wounding of 10 more by Moslem terrorists at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre participated in a solidarity memorial at Montreal City Hall. CBC News (January 7, 2015) reported: “Like thousands of people around the world, Montrealers gathered to honour the victims of the fatal shooting at the Charlie Hebdo Paris newspaper.
Mayor Denis Coderre invited Montrealers to City Hall Wednesday evening for a candlelight vigil. He said the flag of Montreal will also be lowered to half-mast. ‘We have a duty to protect our freedom of expression. We have the right to say what we have to say,’ said Coderre.” He would repeat much the same sentiments at a larger memorial march in Montreal, Sunday, January 11. It is amazing the words didn’t stick in Coderre’s throat, turn to turds and choke him.
Back in 2003, as a Liberal cabinet minister, as Minister of Immigration, he had a chance to DO something in support of free speech. German-born Toronto publisher Ernst Zundel had just been deported from the U.S. to Canada, his last country of legal residence. Despite the fact that he had been a landed immigrant since 1958, had never been convicted of any offences in Canada and had been an employer and taxpayer, the Canadian Jewish Congress raised a storm and demanded that he be kept out because of his historical revisionist views. [See, it was a free speech issue.] On the surface, it seemed there were no grounds to keep Mr. Zundel out. However, the portly, diminutive Coderre, when asked by the press what he intended to do, hooked his thumbs in his belt, adopted a classic confrontational cowboy pose and said: “Watch me.”
We did and we were horrified. Coderre slapped Mr. Zundel with a “national security certificate” — most of this measure has since been declared unconstitutional — alleging he was a threat to national security because he was a terrorist. Through weeks of hearings where much of the evidence was secret, the government tried to make the case that this avowed law-abiding publisher and pacifist was a threat to national security. The Federal Judge hearing the case was Pierre Blais, a former Solicitor-General and boss of CSIS — the source of most of the accusations against Mr. Zundel. He three times refused to recuse himself for a “reasonable apprehension of bias.” Eventually, he declared Mr. Zundel a threat to national security. he was deported to Germany which had sought to prosecute him for his political views. He served the full five years maximum in Germany for “defaming the memory of the dead”; that is, dissenting from the Hollywood version of World War II.
While we support Charlie Hebdo`s right to free speech, much of their material is utterly offensive, including sexual blasphemies like a cartoon showing God the Father being sodomized by a hippie looking God the Son, who himself is sodomized by a triangle, as he cries out in orgasm, `The Holy Spirit.“ However, Charlie Hebdo is remarkably circumspect in criticizing Jews.
Despite the hope that Canada’s occasionally touted commitment to free speech might prevail, we were not surprised that the Trudeau government hopped to it when directed not to let Dieudonne into Canada,
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported the sad conclusion. Censorship lobby 1; free speech 0. “A controversial French comedian convicted of hate speech has cancelled his planned performance for Montrealers via video at a hotel conference room after he was reportedly barred from entering Canada. Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, who goes by the stage name Dieudonné, was scheduled to perform 10 shows in Montreal starting Wednesday night.
But the comic, … was reportedly barred from entering Canada at Montreal’s Trudeau airport Tuesday. Passengers on Dieudonné’s flight said he was met by two border agents when the plane landed in Montreal. His promoters in Montreal say they rented a hall in a Montreal hotel for ticket-holders to see him perform from France.
Earlier on Tuesday, Dieudonné was found guilty of violating hate speech laws in France and handed a €10,000 (about $14,700 Cdn) fine and a two-month suspended jail sentence. The conviction is related to a show where he dressed up to resemble a detainee from Guantanamo Bay, mocked the Holocaust and suggested Jews were active in the slave trade.“ (CBC News, May 11, 2016) On this last point, is the accusation not correct: Jews played a major role in the Atlantic slave trade.