On the 23rd, I wrote the article “‘SNL’ Star Says He Won’t Play Colleges Because the Woke Generation Can’t Comprehend Comedy.” The story was about Pete Davidson, who’s given up trying to entertain the humorless Generation WhateverItIs.
Well now, here’s more: It appears Pete’s trying to further avoid the outrage mob in general.
The 26-year-old entertainer doesn’t allow cell phone use at his shows, which isn’t entirely unheard of. Dave Chappelle seems to have started the trend, and it’s also employed by Madonna.
There’s a great deal of sense to it — in standup comedy, your material is your wares. You want people to come out to your show to hear it, or at least enjoy a video for which you’re being paid. And as a pop singer, it may be best to keep less-than-flattering moments off YouTube.
In addition: Kramer, anyone?
But Pete’s taking precaution to a whole ‘nother level: Attendees of his show are required to sign an NDA.
As reported by The Daily Wire:
Davidson now requires fans to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that carries with it a hefty $1 million fine for those who break it.
Stacy Young, who recently went to a Pete show, took to Facebook with her surprise:
“I got an email today informing me that in order to see this show I have to sign a non disclosure agreement. In that NDA the signer CANNOT GIVE ANY INTERVIEWS, OPINIONS OR CRITIQUES about it in ANY form whatsoever including blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any other social networking.”
And if they rage against (and with) the(ir) machine:
“It also authorizes them to confiscate (including seize & destroy the contents of) any cell phones, cameras or PDAs and that ANY BREACH of the agreement will REQUIRE PAYMENT OF $1 MILLION in damages as well as the legal costs.”
She’s not into it:
“I understood and was willing to consent to the initial request of locking up any phones or cameras brought to the event, but I think this a bit ridiculous and over the top.”
Stacy believes everyone should be able to say what they want about what they want:
“I get that comedians are protective of their jokes and don’t want their routines rebroadcast, but it’s rather Orwellian to not allow anyone to share an opinion on it. Don’t perform for the public if you don’t want people to have an opinion about it!”
Interesting place for us to be: Someone’s being accused of being Orwellian in response to world becoming Orwellian.
From the email:
All patrons attending tonight’s event with Pete Davidson will be required to sign a Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Agreement before entering the venue. Any patron who is unable or unwilling to sign the agreement will not be allowed to enter and will be [given] a full refund.
The contract — which requires signees to list their cell phone number, email address, and any Twitter or Instagram handles — makes clear that audience members “shall not give any interviews, offer any opinions or critiques, or otherwise participate in any form whatsoever (including but not limited to blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any other social networking or other websites whether now existing or hereafter created) in the disclosure of any Confidential Information or any other information relating to this Agreement, the Creative Content, the performance or the business of Company or its Affiliates.
That’s a mouthful.
I’m impressed by Pete’s originality — he’s blazing a trail.
And this is where we are.
And it’s really, really dumb.
Where will this all land?
For now, we’re lost at sea…on a censorShip.
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