Hartford white gay nightclub manager Bryan Couzens confesses to the Hartford Courant that he didn't know that February was Black History Month when he booked the controversial performance of Shirley Q. Liquor. However, he has no plans to cancel the show and in retrospect, the only thing he'd do different is not book him in February.
I just want to know what rock this guy is living under to not know that February is Black History Month. I think that his statement really says a lot about how segregated we really are, even in the gay community.
The brain child of Charles Knipp, a white gay comedian who performs in blackface as Shirley Q. Liquor, an inarticulate Black woman with 19 kids on welfare. A recent performance was cancelled in Los Angeles and activists are now trying to cancel to upcoming shows in Hartford and New Orleans.
Activists in Hartford have been pleading with the manager of Chez EST to cancel the upcoming booking to no avail.
Hartford activists have developed anew myspace page devoted to banning Shirley Q. Liquor. It can be found at www.myspace.com/banshirleyqnow. In addition, Tyler Perry is scheduled to perform the same night as Charles Knipp is. Talk about a coincidence. I wonder what Perry thinks of Knipp's act.
Read the Hartford news story here.
Then send and email and phone Brian with your concerns.
Brian Couzens, Manager Chez EST in Hartford
(860) 216-1351 or (860) 525-3243
And sign the petition to Ban Shirley Q. Liquor.
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