Hamil­ton Fringe Fes­ti­val posters with fem­i­nist and LGBT themes de­faced

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

HAMIL­TON — Posters ad­ver­tis­ing Hamil­ton Fringe Fes­ti­val shows with LGBTQ and fem­i­nist themes have been de­faced with Bi­ble verses con­demn­ing ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and fe­male in­de­pen­dence. On Satur­day af­ter­noon, fes­ti­val or­ga­niz­ers posted a photo on Twit­ter of posters for the show “S.C.U.M.: A Man­i­festo,’’ a satire about Va­lerie Solanas, the rad­i­cal fem­i­nist who shot Andy Warhol.

In the photo, the faces on the poster are ob­scured by stick­ers con­tain­ing lines from the Book of Ro­mans about women’s in­fe­ri­or­ity to men. The fes­ti­val’s Twit­ter post asked for help in iden­ti­fy­ing the van­dal.

Posters for “Coal From Hades,’’ a show about an il­le­gal gay mag­a­zine pub­lished in Mon­treal in the 1930s, were also cov­ered with stick­ers, these ones con­demn­ing sex­ual re­la­tion­ships be­tween men.

Hamil­ton city coun­cil­lor Matthew Green posted a video to Twit­ter on Sun­day morn­ing de­nounc­ing the de­face­ment and ex­press­ing sup­port for the artists and au­di­ence mem­bers af­fected. Green urged the van­dal to “stop that non­sense, please.’’

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