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Tommy James and I just finished doing an interview on this topic. You can watch the video here:

Thanks again Tommy for taking the time to chat with me about it! It was a blast.
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This unfortunate scenario will continue forever more. Even if we as individuals have never "officially" received a complaint, I'm pretty sure that we have all unintentionally offended someone during our performing life.

"The customer is always right" so Tommy I think that you did the handled your response correctly.

We all work hard to entertain with maximum effect and it's a real shame when a comment or joke is taken out of context, taken offence of and spun back on us.

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Tommy, I believe the teacher over-reacted considerably. A number of years ago I got a similar response after a show. I suggested calling to the school to see the kid I had supposedly upset. That changed the teacher's story fast. You see, I remembered the kid, and I remembered him bursting his sides laughing at the routine. I knew no offence had been caused, and I called her bluff on it.

On another occasion a woman approached me after a show, and her upset and concern were so obviously real, I removed that piece from my show permanently.

The customer is not always right. Deep down we know when they are and when they aren't. And when they aren't we should stick to our gut instinct and trust our show.

Paul, it is difficult to upset Catholics (beyond the odd reactionary nun). They take offence less easily than other sects. So keep crossing yourself.
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Tommy, I think you handled the situation well. And modifying the script is a good idea. In this PC-mad world, it's better to be safe than sorry!

I perform a Spikes Through Arm routine in one of my reading shows for schools. The story-line is personalized because I was born and raised in Africa. So Shaka, the great Zulu King, is the topic. My routine is very funny, and always a big hit with students and teachers alike. However, one time, a teacher actually approached me after the show and accused me of being racist. It takes all kinds ....
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On 2012-11-29 14:14, arthur stead wrote:
In this PC-mad world, it's better to be safe than sorry!

I agree. That way we will be one step ahead from the challenges.
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