The comedian – whose real name is Royston Vasey – was planned to perform in the city on January 22. But the show has since been removed from the City Hall’s calendar after the comic’s material does not “reflect Sheffield City Trust values”.
Announcing the decision to cancel the gig, Sheffield City Trust’s chief executive, Andrew Snelling, said: “As our entertainment venues reopen following lockdown restrictions, we have been reviewing our programme of events.
“We have decided to remove the rescheduled show by comedian Roy Chubby Brown at Sheffield City Hall.
“We understand that some people will be disappointed with our decision but we must uphold the standards and values that we promote and expect across our venues.”
Following the decision to cancel the gig, more than 23,000 people have signed a petition objecting to the cancellation.
On September 10, a protest is said to take place outside Sheffield City Hall in objection to the decision.
Haley Madden, who set up the petition, posted details of the protest online.
She said: “On the 10th September at 10am, I have been informed of a protest commencing outside the Sheffield City Hall.
“I will also be in attendance with the organisers too.
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“For the people in trusts/councils who make these decisions, all I can say is that you were voted into your positions by your local communities to act on the people’s behalf and with their best interests at heart, not to use your position to force your own private views/opinions and decide what people can and can’t do or can and can’t watch.
“Surely that is for the people to decide that vote you in.”
While many objected to the gig being cancelled, others welcomed the decision.
Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, Gill Furniss, tweeted: “I have written to the Sheffield City Trust CEO and Leader of Sheffield Council, to welcome the decision to cancel the Roy Chubby Brown performance at City Hall.
“This is the right thing to do.
“There is no place for any hate filled performance in our diverse and welcoming city.”
Councillor Terry Fox, leader of Sheffield City Council, added: “The council wholeheartedly supports Sheffield City Trust’s decision to remove the booking for Roy Chubby Brown’s January show.
“Sheffield is a City of Sanctuary, with diverse communities and the content of this show is unlikely to reflect Sheffield’s inclusive values.”