In Praise of Censorship


Boneheads do not realize how much free publicity they give someone or something when they try to censor someone or something.

I have been out of the stand-up scene for a while.  I had never heard of Ben Bankas.  I may never have heard of Ben Bankas if the Paradise Theatre had not canceled his August 26th show.   An email from the Paradise Theatre gives the reason:

The content of your material does not align with the policies and guidelines of the Paradise Theatre and we cannot proceed with your performance

Bankas posted the email on Instagram.

Since when do performers have to have the same policies and guidelines as the theatres they perform in?

Richard Syrett interviewed Bankas on The Richard Syrett Show on 960 Sauga because of the canceled show.  Syrett’s audience is now aware of Bankas.

This is an example of the Streisand effect.  Barbara Streisand brought more attention to a picture of her home when she tried to censor it.

I went to Ben Bankas’ website.  How refreshing to hear a comedian who is not afraid to push the envelope!  He has a lot of courage to say things people are afraid to talk about.  He reminded me of Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Rupert T. Hormone.

Bankas is not politically correct, but all power to him and other comedians who are not afraid to poke the Taboo Giant.

I love this quote by George Carlin:

“I think it’s the duty of the comedian
to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.”



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