Shirleyqliquor1_1Shirley Q. Liquor has been cancelled…again.

Yes, that’s right. 

Thanks to Kamora Herrington and her leadership in picking up the Shirley Q. Liquor protests in Hartford, the show has been cancelled and Knipp’s is that much closer to retiring Shirley Q Liquor.

In other words, no blackface minstrel acts in Hartford.

In a press release issued by the nightclub CHEZ Est, where the performance was scheduled to take place, Gary Bechard, the owner of Chez Est in Hartford, has decided to cancel the performance by Charles Knipp, scheduled for February 23rd.

In keeping with his longstanding commitment to his loyal customers, many of whom number among the gay and African-American community, Mr. Bechard plans to put his business interests aside in order to be sensitive to the larger social unrest that the performance by Mr. Knipp, who performs a drag act in black makeup under the name Shirley Q. Liquor, might generate.

“We have received hundreds of e-mails and phone calls, ” Mr. Bechard said in a recent interview.  “A large majority of them wanted the show to go on; however, those who were against the performance were very passionate with their views. The Chez Est has been putting on live entertainment for thirty years.  We’re proud of what we have accomplished and our customers appreciate the entertainment we have provided. We will continue to provide quality entertainment; however, I am concerned about any performance that threatens, angers, and appears to divide our Hartford gay community.  Although I am certain the performance would generate a packed house, it is not worth the possibility of dividing the Hartford gay community.  After careful deliberations, the current manager and I have decided to book an alternative act.  This decision in no way was influenced politically or by the media. “The gay community is small and should be using all its energy to educate and strengthen, not divide and battle”.

THE TRANSLATION:

"We will continue to provide quality entertainment; however, I am concerned about any performance that threatens, angers, and appears to divide our Hartford gay community." Again, do yousee how this is not bout how Black folks feel but about the "gay" community.  And don’t forget that the club’s manager didn’t even know it was Black History Month.

“The gay community is small and should be using all its energy to educate and strengthen, not divide and battle”. Now see that’s exactly what I am talking about when I say unconscious racism. First of all, this wasn’t about the gay community, it was about the Black community.  This statement alone shows why they don’t see the show as offensive and quite frankly don’t get it.

"Although I am certain the performance would generate a packed house, it is not worth the possibility of dividing the Hartford gay community." We call that saving face.

Mr. Knipp, who has performed his drag show in black makeup in numerous venues, insisted to Adam Bulger of The Hartford Advocate that he is not a racist.   

Most racists don’t think they’re racist to begin with so this isn’t breaking news.

Three things came out of this that’s good for us:

1.  I’ll bet Brian Couzens the club manager will remember that February is Black History Month.

2.  Charles Knipp is cancelled yet again.

3.  Black people worked together on a righteous issue and came out winners. 

What better way to start the weekend!

Now to New Orleans where Knipp is scheduled to take the stage at the Bourbon Pub (801 Bourbon Street) for Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 17, 2007.

Keep reading for contacts on how to reach out to New Orleans…

Saturday, February 17, 2007
4PM Upstairs
The Bourbon Pub
801 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA

info@bourbonpub.com

Contacts for New Orleans

African-American Media

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NAACP

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