An event featuring conservative commentator Pamela Geller will proceed as scheduled, despite being blacklisted by the ticketing service Eventbrite over supposed violations of the platform’s “community guidelines.” The group had been using the platform as its main source for organizing ticketing for the event.
The New York Young Republican Club plans to proceed with hosting its event featuring Pamela Geller, despite backlash by the online ticketing service, Eventbrite, which warned the group that any further attempts to create an event listing featuring Geller could result in the group’s account being banned from the platform.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, August 15 at the Women’s National Republican Club in New York, New York.
“Eventbrite was the only ticketing option available for this event. We are now selling tickets directly on our website,” New York Young Republican Club president Gavin Wax told Breitbart News. “We believe CAIR put pressure on Eventbrite to get the event canceled on their platform.”
The club president elaborated by explaining that the group believes CAIR — the Council on American-Islamic Relations — has been “behind the entire manufactured outrage” over the event, in an effort to smear the group and its event speaker.
“It’s very sad that Eventbrite would cave to an organization of such ill repute as CAIR,” said Wax. “They are an organization with strong ties to Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist groups, with CAIR themselves being labeled as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates. They are an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holyland case.”
“Their tactics to shut down speech they don’t like is thuggish and anti-American at its core,” added the club president. “In the last week or so we have been inundated with hate mail and threats, many of which had strong anti-Semitic overtones as half of our Executive Board is Jewish.”
“We will not be intimidated and we do not negotiate with terrorists,” affirmed Wax.
Eventbrite told Breitbart News in a previous statement that the platform works hard to strike a balance between free expression and community safety, and that its policy is “to remove content that is in violation of our guidelines,” adding, “after the team reviewed this event, we enforced it.”