DREADLOCKED QUEBEC COMIC PLEADS FOR CALM AFTER BEING TOLD HIS HAIR IS RACIST

Zach Poitras, a white man with dreadlocked hair, was told by university bar he wasn't welcome at comedy night

Zach Poitras, an aspiring Montreal comedian, has been told by a university bar he cannot take part in shows because his dreadlocks are seen as a form of cultural appropriation. (Facebook/Canadian Press)

A Montreal comic who was told he could not perform — or even be in the audience — at a comedy show because his hairstyle was considered racist, is pleading for calm from both sides of the debate.

Zach Poitras, a white man with dreadlocked hair, received international attention after he was recently told by the Coop les Récoltes, a bar and solidarity co-operative at the Université du Québec à Montréal, that he and his hair were unwelcome at its comedy night.

A white person with dreadlocks is form of violence toward people of colour, the organizers decided.

“To read that I am racist because of my hair — I find that absurd,” Poitras wrote in a Facebook post Thursday evening.

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