It took awhile, but singer Amanda Palmer finally has decided not to appear with Jian Ghomeshi at an upcoming book event in Toronto.
Palmer had snared herself in the controversy swirling around the onetime Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio host who is accused of assaulting several women. How? After Ghomeshi was fired amid allegations that he violently beat and choked more than a half-dozen women during sexual encounters, Palmer somewhat defiantly announced Thursday that Ghomeshi would still be her “chat guest” at the book event, which we previously reported. (Palmer’s book, “The Art of Asking, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help,” is based on her TED Talk about her successful Kickstarter campaign to finance a record.) “HATE HAS NO PLACE HERE IN THIS COMMUNITY. it’s just not what we do,” she wrote on Facebook. “i believe deeply that you don’t respond to hate with more hate. it doesn’t make the world a more compassionate place: it drags us all down into the mud.”
Naturally, her response bewildered and upset some people, including Salon’s Erin Keane, who wrote: “Jian Ghomeshi, who now stands accused of violently abusing eight different women, is not the kind of guy Amanda Palmer fans want to see at her show. This is a very basic fan-relations decision that anyone with half a lick of sense would have handled with quiet dignity and a brief announcement.”
Palmer eventually reconsidered, posting a note on Facebook. “Given everything i’ve learned, and especially given how upsetting it would be to so many, jian will not be coming to the show in toronto,” she wrote.
The Lexington-bred singer is no stranger to controversy. Not long after the Boston Marathon bombings, she posted “Poem for Dzhokar,” which many viewed as bizarre and self-serving.
Palmer’s TED Talk: