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A comedian has turned down a gig at a university after being asked to sign a "behavioural agreement" first.

Konstantin Kisin was warned about a "no tolerance policy" on topics including racism, sexism and transphobia.

He was asked to perform at a gig at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) in London, organised by university society Unicef on Campus.

The group has since apologised and the Students' Union says it "believes fully in freedom of speech".

Konstantin told Radio 1 Newsbeat the experience reflects a growing trend of free speech becoming stifled on university campuses across the UK.

He shared the "behavioural agreement form" online, saying the title "nearly made me puke".

 

So sad.


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Universities, the last bastion of free and open speech.....


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Nope, sorry.

Ohh the other thing was that they wanted him to do it for free....


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These sort of contracts do happen historically. Let's face it, we've come a long way from our old censorship laws where comedians could be hauled off to jail for saying what came to mind, but we still do have forms of censorship today when it comes to certain language and descriptions on tv, film, print, and yes even doing gigs. The UK is a little more liberal in this, but universities are no exception. Try doing a comedy gig or any semblance of free speech at a Christian University for instance.. public institutions are not much different.

 

Anyone seen Marvelous Mrs Maisel? Great show, and takes a look at how things used to be back in the 50s.


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