September 27, 2017

UPDATE: Victoria, BC film festival canceled after plan to charge white men double

StaffRebel Columnist

Evan Roberts, president of Blue Bridge Theatre Society has canceled the rental agreement with director Shiraz Higgins after he wanted to charge white men double to attend.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the screening of “Building the Room” at the Roxy Theater in Victoria was canceled because of the director's “prejudicial pricing structure”.

Last week, Higgins caused controversy by proposing that white males pay $20 to attend his film about stand-up comics. After a backlash, Higgins opted to lower the price for “White Cis-Straight Able-Bodied Males” to $15 while others would still pay $10.

Roberts said his society “does not believe in, nor does it practice, any form of a prejudicial pricing structure as proposed by Mr. Higgins” and added that “...BBTS feels it cannot support what it sees as irresponsible actions on the part of its organizer.”

The film screening has now been moved to October 6 at the Victoria Event Center. Its producers are asking people to simply “pay what they can.” 

For once, the leftists didn't have their way. What do you think? Sound off in the comments.

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commented 2017-09-28 01:10:40 -0400
ObservingLibertarian that has never stopped the left before, the HRC’s go against the law all the time. Just ask Ezra, he committed no crime.
commented 2017-09-27 22:34:06 -0400
The Blue Bridge Theatre Society may have halted the event’s sexism based on moral reasons: and good for them to do so. However, the unstated fact from either the Blue Bridge Theatre Society, the Rebel or the Hollywood Reporter which originally scooped the story…

The event would have been a federal violation of the law.

British Columbia Human Rights Code [RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 210, Section 8, sub section 1-B. “Discrimination in accommodation, service and facility”.

Discrimination in accommodation, service and facility
8 (1) A person must not, without a bona fide and reasonable justification,

(b) discriminate against a person or class of persons regarding any accommodation, service or facility customarily available to the public
because of the race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age of that person or class of persons."
commented 2017-09-27 20:28:55 -0400
Not sure why they would drop the price. Anyone dumb enough to pay 15 would be dumb enough to pay 20. They’re losing money.
commented 2017-09-27 16:52:23 -0400
As always folks, vote with your $$$. Don’t go to these places. Ignore programs/entertainment that flaunt dragging extreme politics into fantasy land. Don’t tweet it, don’t Facebook it… don’t even buy pirated copies of the junk; let them decompose themselves. Here’s an alternative idea … try reading again! Then … dare I say it … discuss literature with your friends! Go hiking. Go biking. Play sports instead of watching someone else do it. Go for a walk. Listen to music. Spend time with family. Home improvement even. Just stop giving your hard earned money to these people. They don’t deserve it.
commented 2017-09-27 16:45:37 -0400
The guy must be astounded… the circles where these nutty flamboyant artsy types travel in is very limited. I’m sure in his clique, this nutty idea sounded good…. but then he gets called out, and what does he do? Doubles down on stupidity… what next?
I’m sure he’ll resurface somewhere as an NDP candidate spouting some BS about firsthand experience of being bullied and that he really wants to change the world.
commented 2017-09-27 16:08:02 -0400
I sure hope if this guy ever needs emergency services that he refuses help form any white male firefighters or police or EMS.
commented 2017-09-27 16:06:56 -0400
I thought these people were against bigotry? Oh right , only the phony crap they IMAGINE! They can be bigoted as much as they want though. I hope this idiot does not make a damn cent, not sure if that will mean much though as i wonder if this was not paid for the taxpayer?
commented 2017-09-27 15:52:40 -0400
I bet Higgins is not his real name.
commented 2017-09-27 15:16:09 -0400
“For once, the leftists didn’t have their way. What do you think? Sound off in the comments”.
I think people should be standing in front of a judge (a real judge not a pretend judge or Muslim sharia supporter) facing jail time is what I think.
commented 2017-09-27 14:34:05 -0400
He got the publicity and that’s what he wanted.
commented 2017-09-27 14:29:01 -0400
It was a ridiculous, bigoted idea to push in the first place. I hope the screening at the new location tanks!