Soviet-Born Comic Asked to Sign Behavior Agreement on Campus: 'Made Me Feel at Home'
A comedian who was born in the former Soviet Union said that when a British college asked him to sign an agreement stipulating that he could not transgress multiple factions of people with his jokes, he "felt right at home."
Tucker Carlson said Konstantin Kisin's case is another example of "free speech ebbing away on college campuses," adding that people are becoming "unable to take a joke."
A London-based School of African and Oriental Studies asked Kisin to sign a document that would ban him from joking about "racism, sexism, classism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-religion or anti-atheism."
"All jokes must be respectful and kind," Carlson said the document stipulated.
Kisin said, however, the situation is "an outlier" and that he is not usually required to curb his humor when performing.
"This contract made me feel right at home," he said.
Carlson said that banning certain "transgressions" defeats the "whole point of comedy."
"Everybody feels like we're all kind of under arrest," Kisin said, adding that trying to restrict comedians is like a "canary in the coal mine."
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