Jim Davidson says seafront theatre bosses have banned him

Jim Davidson says seafront theatre bosses have banned him

May 28, 2021

Jim Davidson says seafront theatre bosses have banned him after 40 years over YouTube rant saying dance group Diversity should do a routine on black men mugging people

  • Comedian claims he was banned from the Princess Theatre in Torquay, Devon 
  • His shows were moved to the Babbacombe Theatre because of online comments
  • Last September, Davidson made controversial remarks about dancers Diversity

Comedian Jim Davidson claims a seafront theatre has banned him from performing after 40 years over a YouTube rant about the dance group Diversity.

The entertainer was set to perform at the Princess Theatre in Torquay, Devon, in August but he now alleges the shows have been axed in the wake of his comments.  

Davidson, who should have been continuing his postponed Last Man Standing tour, sparked outrage in September after suggesting Diversity should do a routine about black men mugging people.

The comedian, 67, also said ‘the Asian community who have big families are taking no notice’ of coronavirus restrictions and are living in ‘a bubble of 300 in a f****** house’.

But Davidson says the comments – made in a YouTube video titled ‘Who Needs Diversity?’ – were taken out of context as he condemned a new ‘woke’ culture.

Comedian Jim Davidson (above) claims a seafront theatre has banned him from performing after 40 years over a YouTube rant about the dance group Diversity

The entertainer had been set to perform at the Princess Theatre (above) in Torquay, Devon, in August but he now alleges the shows have been axed in the wake of his comments

He said: ‘For the first time in 40 years I won’t be playing Torquay’s main theatre. They don’t want me. They said it was the last straw.’

Instead, the Generation Game host will perform at the much smaller Babbacombe Theatre. His shows at the Princess date back to 1976. 

Davidson’s divisive comments about Diversity came after they took to the Britain’s Got Talent stage in September for a raw performance inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Led by dancer Ashley Banjo, the former champions opened the performance by reciting a viral poem The Great Realisation by the singer Tomfoolery, about the BLM movement and police brutality. 

During their performance, the group also narrated the death of George Floyd who died after police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on his neck in Minneapolis on May 25 for nearly nine minutes.    

In his expletive-laden rant, Davidson said: ‘You just want to be famous don’t you. You want to be all around the world. That’s why you do it, you don’t give a f*** about George [Floyd].’

He goes on to say: ‘You don’t see white couples on adverts anymore, do you? Most TV presenters are non-white.

Davidson’s divisive comments about Diversity came after they took to the Britain’s Got Talent stage in September for a raw performance inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement

 In his expletive-laden rant, Davidson said: ‘You just want to be famous don’t you. You want to be all around the world. That’s why you do it, you don’t give a f*** about George [Floyd]’

‘The Golden Girls, you know that film The Golden Girls with all them old birds? That’s being made by black people.’

He continues: ‘There’s loads of white people sticking up for you, sticking up for Black Lives Matter. Young white girls walking around with banners. Defund the police, support Black People.

‘Well, I say most young girls, Gemma’s sister is not holding up a banner as she was violently mugged by three black men. Perhaps Diversity can do a mugging thing.’ 

Viewers quickly took to social media to condemn his views.

Lorraine King wrote: ‘Archaic, washed-up, unfunny “comedian” complains about black people wanting equality, says too many black people are in adverts and on TV, and rants about black people committing crimes.

‘Jim Davidson is irrelevant so is clearly seeking attention.’

He claims this backlash has led to his shows at the Princess Theatre being dropped. 

Viewers quickly took to social media to condemn Davidson’s controversial views

The comedian how hosts his own YouTube show Ustreme, which has more than 18,000 subscribers.  

He said: ‘The more “woke” people are the more upset I’ve got to get about it.

‘It’s what I’ve always done to take the mick out of what is going on.’

Davidson added: ‘I have a couple of weekly programmes and I made a comment about Diversity.

‘How has the management of the Princess Theatre got the right to tell people they’re not going to see Jim Davidson because of what he said about Diversity?

‘What I actually said was not what was reported. People have reacted to a piece of fake news and it has been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

‘They’re a leftie organisation that run the Princess and they don’t want to know.

‘It’s cancellation culture.

‘I get on really well with the staff there, the people and the holidaymakers, but someone in London who runs the theatre says they don’t want Jim Davidson any more’

MailOnline has contacted the Princess Theatre for comment.  

Last year, it was revealed that Davidson was to be grilled by police over claims he told a black train attendant ‘you aren’t welcome in this country’ in a row over the star’s over-60s rail pass, according to a witness.

The comedian admitted he was involved in a row at Euston station in October but insisted the Virgin worker was white and that his comments were ‘sarcastic’.

Author Paul Blanchard saw it unfold and made the complaint about the star’s behaviour – telling police the man was black.

He told The Sun in January 2020: ‘I’ve been asked to provide further statements and the police officer handling the case said they’re pulling Jim in to speak this week.

‘It’s been three months but I’m glad they are doing something’.

Mr Davidson previously admitted to telling the train attendant to ‘f*** off’ but claimed he was a South African white man and had acted in a threatening manner.

Davidson added: ‘I wasn’t racist and the man was white. I’ve spoken to the police and told them what happened.

‘I did say: ”Welcome to our country”, in a sarcastic manner, because I couldn’t help myself.’

But Mr Blanchard insisted the man was black and added: ‘Jim repeatedly used the same kind of dismissive and abusive language.’

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