I was unaware of who Milo was until late Thursday. When I found out who he was and that their plan was to have him at the Creek I asked the producers to move their recording to a new location. A decision was made that the Creek is an unfit location for this “guest.”
A commitment of this community venue to the right of free speech includes and celebrates our right to curate the best or most interesting voices - according to my opinion and taste as the owner - and also to decline to give time to the worst voices: the bombastically hateful, the bitterly unfunny, the hacky and predictably bigoted. Upon unfortunately being forced to learn who M. Y. is, we have concluded that he falls somewhere in those latter categories.
M.Y. certainly does have a right to free speech, and I also have a right to say not here, not for my audience, not for my community.
People who don’t know me, and some that do have said terrible things about me, have threatened my livelihood and the livelihoods of all the people who work at the creek (some of whom have been here longer than I have). My goal is to protect the jobs of the people that work here and the community that artists have built here.
That being said I will not accept being threatened, held hostage or spoken for, as I have been by parties on many sides of this argument.
Legion of Skanks is a podcast that sets out to be “the most offensive podcast on the planet.” They have said many things that I do not condone or find funny. They have had guests on in the past that I’ve had to ban. When I don’t like what’s being said, I leave the room. When I don’t like the people in my venue, I ask them to leave. I don’t censor the comedians I work with nor do I screen bookings or guests ahead of time. It would be a terrible terrible thing if I did. Big Jay Oakerson, Luis J. Gomez and Dave Smith are comedians. They are not Nazis.
This conversation needs to continue. The role of the venue owner has never been a cake walk when it comes to structural or societal censorship, infighting and social politics, but in this culture shift, we are being told to draw lines in the sand, choose sides and turn our backs on longtime friends. I hope that we can find a proper format to have this conversation.
I am not realigned politically or philosophically. I don’t have any ties to hate groups and I’m not harboring any right wing wackos. The idea that I would or do is lunacy. Please stop bullying each other on line and go write a joke. The world needs more laughs.