Friday, July 21, 2017

Beyond the pale?

Is it acceptable for a stand-up to "reclaim a racist word he's never been the target of"? Not according to Nosheen Iqbal, who, in response to witnessing Daniel Kitson's ambitious new show Something Other Than Everything at the Roundhouse, recounts how she and her family certainly were targeted by the word in question.

Having not seen the show, it's hard to judge - but Kitson is a famously thoughtful comedian who will have carefully considered the potential impact of his material, and none of the reviews I've seen online even mention the segment that so offended Iqbal (instead focusing on the show's riot of ideas, its beautifully phrased lines and the technical glitches and memory lapses that detracted from its impact).

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