Canada: Viet Cong banned from playing because of their name


The Canadian art rockers Viet Kong have had a show in Ohio cancelled because their name ‘deeply offends’ some people.

Gig promoter Ivan Krasnov took to the Oberlin ‘Sco Facebook page to apologise for booking an act whose name “deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities, both in Oberlin and beyond”. He extended his apology “to anyone hurt or made uncomfortable by the name and its connotations”.

“I cancelled this show after meeting with representatives from the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) who expressed the desire to see this [show] cancelled.”

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