The Rainbow Project, a support and advocacy organisation for LGBT people and their families in Northern Ireland, has condemned a scheduled appearance by Polish writer and ‘comedian’, Wojciech Cejrowski.
Wojciech Cejrowski is set to appear at Strand Arts Centre today Saturday, 15th September, for a stand-up comedy performance, which concerns stories about his travels in Mexico. However, Mr Cejrowski’s career has been built on inciting hatred and violence against those who identify as LGBT, and making defamatory comments about Women’s rights and Islam.
Speaking ahead of the event, John O’Doherty, Director of The Rainbow Project, has stated:
‘We spoke out originally in July when this event was announced, as this performer has a well-known history of making discriminatory and inflammatory comments through his content on YouTube and during his various television appearances. This content is homophobic in nature with direct intent to incite exclusion and discrimination against members of the LGBT+ community. His comments are also explicitly derogatory towards women claiming that their place is in the home and that they are inferior to men. With regards to immigration, Cejrowski has also called for immigrants to be expelled from Poland.
“We hold close relations with Lambda Warszawa; a frontline LGBT organisation in Poland. This organisation provides legal, medical, sexual, and psychological counselling to LGBT people in need. In addition to this, Lambda Warszawa monitors LGBT equality relating to persons living in Poland and is currently collecting data regarding discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. Since 2015 and the rise of the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, Poland has seen greater intimidation, discrimination and violence against the LGBT community within Poland.
Some of Mr Cejrowski’s comments include:
“Rainbow (…) symbol of the Sodom sin, symbol of perversion (…) sexual deviance”
“Rainbow flag is used by perverts”
“In our culture, two men snuggling on the street are disgusting and we do not want to watch it.”
“There is absolutely no justification for someone being targeted because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. People of all races, religions, ethnicities, and sexual orientation or with any disability should be able to live their lives free from hate or harassment. The views exhibited by Mr Cejrowski do not reflect the views of the Polish or the wider community here in Northern Ireland. Furthermore we condemn the abuse which has been directed to our friends and colleagues from the Polish Community who have since spoken out against Mr Cejrowski. There is no place for hate speech in our community. Those who deny that the increase in anti-LGBT and other hate-crime incidents are a direct result of bigotry and use of highly abusive language are failing to acknowledge reality. I am urging our political and community representatives from East Belfast and across Belfast to speak out against this performance.”