When the program for the Sydney Opera House‘s
Festival of Incredibly Fucking Dumb Provocation Festival Of Dangerous Ideas arrived on the internet today, amidst the likes of Pussy Riot and Salman Rushdie, people were very concerned to notice the presence a guest speaker named Uthman Badar.
In summary: To violence against women, the Sydney Opera House says “allow us to play devil’s advocate.”
“The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is intended to be a provocation to thought and discussion, rather than simply a provocation. It is always a matter of balance and judgement, and in this case a line has been crossed. Accordingly, we have decided not to proceed with the scheduled session with Uthman Badar. It is clear from the public reaction that the title has given the wrong impression of what Mr Badar intended to discuss. Neither Mr Badar, the St James Ethics Centre, nor Sydney Opera House in any way advocates honour killings or condones any form of violence against women.”
Thank you for doing literally the least you could do, Sydney Opera House, and just for the record: