On Sunday, April 14 I was a guest on the ‘Ask An Atheist’ Radio show in Tacoma, WA.
Later that night I performed at the post show meet-up. It’s been a really great couple of days here, although there has been a bit of controversy and I’d like to share with you what’s happened.
For the last few weeks we were locked in to holding the post show performance at Anthem Beverage & Bistro. I had seen photos of the venue and was looking forward to playing there. Then on Monday, 6 days before the event I received email notice from ‘Ask An Atheist’ hosts Becky and Sam (Rebecca Friedman and Sam Mulvey) that the venue was reneging on their contract with the show and was cancelling my appearance there. Anthem, in their email, stated:
‘This isn’t something that we feel comfortable promoting or hosting because it doesn’t align with what we believe and stand for.’
Pretty crazy (and quite possibly illegal) that a venue would pull out just before a show. Even after it had been confirmed and had been publicised in local media.
Here is a blog update from Sam that he released that night, explaining the details of the correspendence.
Because of the coverage, Anthem received some negative reviews on Facebook and on their Yelp page (which were later removed). I also received kind messages of support and encouragement. I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to write about the event and to me.
The good news was that ‘Ask An Atheist’ managed to find a replacement venue that same day 🙂 Thanks so much to Doyle’s Public House for accomodating us at the last minute. The show went ahead and was a big success. the venue and staff were supportive and kind to us and I look forward to playing there again the next time I am in town.
The last few days with the lovely folks from ‘Ask An Atheist’ Podcast have been pretty special and we are sad to leave. We’ve had such a blast with the team and the community here. Please support my friends at ‘Ask An Atheist.’ Tune into their radio show or podcast and to come to a meet-up when you are in town.
I’ll leave you with the radio/podcast interview….
ASK AN ATHEIST: SHELLEY SEGAL AT LAST