Anti-Semitic comedian performs via video

Despite being barred from entering Canada, Dieudonné finds a way to perform in front of his Montreal fans.

Ben Ariel,

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Despite being barred from entering Canada, anti-Semitic French comic Dieudonné found a way to perform in front of his Montreal fans in the form of a video link, Montreal radio station CJAD reported.

The video concert took place on Monday night, one week after Dieudonné was denied access to Canada on hate speech violations.

He performed via video link at a Jarry Street east reception hall and hundreds turned out for the event, according to the radio station.

Tickets for the show sold for $50 online and $60 at the door, and around 600 tickets were sold.

Dieudonné stirred up controversy several years ago when he invented the quenelle gesture, a reverse Nazi salute that has become extremely popular in anti-Semitic and extremist circles across the French-speaking world and worldwide.

He was widely accused of promoting anti-Semitism and already has a string of convictions in France for hate speech and other related offences, and saw his performances banned by French authorities due to their virulently anti-Semitic content.

Last year, a French court convicted Dieudonné of anti-Semitic comments and fined him $24,000.

But fans who watched his video concert in Montreal rejected the notion that Dieudonné is racist, with one telling CJAD, "People think it's hate speech but it's mostly anti-system, it's not hate speech."

"A lot of comedians talk about white people, black people, Arabs and whatever and we find it really funny, we support it," said another fan.

The promoter of the event, Louis Tall, told CJAD this show is different than the ones Dieudonné is known for.

"We are trying to promote something about peace about love, not about racism and anti-Semitism, said Tall.

"He is saying sorry for the things that he said that hurt people in the past. He is trying to promote his new self,” he added.




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