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Anti-Semitic French Comic Announces New Show

Dieudonne tries to circumvent ban on show in which he mimes peeing on the Kotel with new show that includes 'tai-chi moves.'
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 1/12/2014, 7:41 AM

Anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala
Anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala
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Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, the French comic infamous for his anti-Semitic punchlines, has come up with a new way to circumvent the national ban on his hate-filled comedy tour, after initial local court appeals to overturn the ban were overruled by the top French administrative court last Thursday.

Sensing that his legal battles would not move his planned tour forward, the first stop of which in Nantes was cancelled at the last minute, Dieudonne has decided to come up with a new performance, which even features "a few tai-chi moves," reports AFP.

The anti-Semitic comic's previously planned show, entitled "The Wall," included a sketch in which he mimes urinating against a wall that he reveals to be the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem, one of Judaism's holiest sites.

The show elicited a ban - supported by Interior Minister Manuel Valls and President Francois Hollande - that Dieudonne is trying to circumvent with an alternate show called "Asu Zoa" on a "different theme," according to his lawyer Jacques Verdier.

Dieudonne wrote on his Facebook page that the new show will include dance, music, mime, and the aforementioned "tai-chi moves," adding that he wrote the performance in three nights.

The comic has gained notoriety for popularizing his signature gesture, the "quenelle," an inverted Nazi salute. He has also made jokes about local French radio host Patrick Cohen, quipping "me, you see, when I hear Patrick Cohen speak, I think to myself: 'Gas chambers…too bad [they no longer exist].'"

On Saturday, several of the anti-Semitic comedian's fans gathered on Faubourg-Saint-Antoine street in central Paris chanting "Dieudo, Dieudo," as a 60-year-old woman cried out "long live the Jewish dictatorship."