On March 30th “comedian” John Valby aka “Dr. Dirty”, is scheduled to perform at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston’s theater district. Valby’s career has spanned decades and is famous for his brand of “humor” and its racist, sexist, anti-semetic, homophobic, obscene and vulgar content. He has rewritten famous songs like “Strangers In The Night” remaking it to “Niggers In The Night” and is well known for his own original improvisational nigger jokes. He frequently uses terms like nigger, coon, spook, jigaboo, to sold out crowds received with roars of laughter and applause. The only way in which Valby does not discriminate is in the fact that his racist attacks have something to offend all. He targets African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Jews, Muslims/Middle Easterners, Italians, Irish, Polish as well as the LGBT community. Valby consistently and viciously attacks race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and gender.
Many elected officials in Boston have worked hard to move away from Boston’s turbulent and racially charged past. Many of these elected officials, from the State House to the City Council and the Mayor have touted “a new Boston”, one that highlights its diversity and promotes Boston as a cosmopolitan city welcoming all. The demographics of Boston have changed making it a majority so-called “minority” city and we have a wide range of people from every corner of the globe who work, raise families and attend universities in our city. It is unconscionable that in 2012, the Wilbur Theatre, in the heart of the theater district, a hub of Boston tourism, would find it appropriate to book an “artist” of Valby’s ilk. His “humor” is Archie Bunker-esque and is a throwback to the Boston of a not so distant yesterday that no right thinking person wants to return to.
Imagine this: A couple visiting Boston from Europe, Japan or Africa, visiting the theater district as tourists in our city, who, while looking for something to do one evening stumbles into the Wilbur Theatre for John Valby’s show, which has no publicized disclaimer or rating that would make you aware of the vicious hate speech that they would be subjected to if they attend. Is this the image of Boston we would want a visitor to take away?
Many proponents of free speech will rightly exclaim that John Valby has the right to say whatever he wants. Having the right to say something does not make what you’re saying right. In a free market society businesses have a right to choose whom they do business with and the public has a right to choose where they spend their dollars. Patronage of the Wilbur Theatre is a privilege bestowed by the public in good faith. The Wilbur Theatre should book acts responsibly and stay away from performers whose speech in any other setting could be constituted as hate speech and/or violates State discrimination laws.
We call upon the Wilbur Theatre to reconsider their decision. We call upon the Mayor of the City of Boston, Boston City Council and the Department of Arts and Tourism to publically condemn Valby’s scheduled performance. His brand of “comedy” has no place in the “new Boston”. As we are moving forward, Valby’s performance seeks to set us back to times best forgotten.
*JOHN VALBY BIO ——————————–
John Valby (born November 22, 1944 in Staten Island and raised in Rochester, New York) is a musician and comedian who plays in barrooms and college campuses up and down the East Coast. He has recorded over 40 albums. Using an old-fashioned piano, he creates comedic, obscene parodies of classic songs. He can always be found performing in his classic white tailcoat and black derby hat.
Valby lives up to his nickname “Dr. Dirty”. His songs and shows focus mainly on sex and racial slurs, with a mix of current and historic people and events.
* VALBY’S WORK INCLUDES ——————————–
Niggers In The Night (parody of Strangers in the Night)
Leroy the Big Lipped Nigger (parody of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer)
* JOHN VALBY OFFICIAL SITE ——————————–
* WILBUR THEATRE PRESS RELEASE ON JOHN VALBY —————————