After a scandal at Brasserie Lorraine
Reggae band Lauwarm is allowed to perform after all
Reggae band Lauwarm recently had to abandon their performance at Brasserie Lorraine. The reason: you would have operated “cultural appropriation”. Now, however, she still comes to her performance.
The cancellation of the concert by the reggae band Lauwarm on July 18 in the Brasserie Lorraine in Bern caused heated discussions. Some no longer understand the world and sharply criticize the pub, while others, a few, find the measure justified.
Five white men with dreadlocks and in African clothes alienated some of the guests. They saw it as “cultural appropriation” and complained. The Brasserie Lorraine gave in and decided to take the tough measure: the concert was canceled.
The case made waves. After the pub’s first statement on Monday, criticism and bad ratings on Google rained down. Many people don’t understand Brasserie Lorraine’s decision.
“We look forward to the performance”
But the band doesn’t have to give up the music altogether. The next concert is already fixed. Namely in the “Verein am See” on Bern’s Egelsee. On August 5th, Lauwarm can perform here despite dreadlocks and African dresses.
“The Verein am See followed the debate about cultural appropriation that flared up in the Lorraine Brasserie and is aware of the seriousness and controversy of the subject,” the association said.
They are committed to cultural and cross-border diversity and are convinced that international cultural activities and a tolerant society would also contribute to more peace in the world. “In this sense, we look forward to Lauwarm’s appearance at the Egelsee.”
“We could also call it overload”
After the headwind, Brasserie Lorraine posted another statement on Facebook on Tuesday evening and clawed back. One was “surprised” that the Monday post about the cancellation of the concert caused such a sensation. “We don’t claim that we did the right thing by canceling the concert. However, just letting it continue felt wrong, too. We could also call it overload.”
The organizers are not of the opinion that “members of the band or ‘white’ people are automatically racists”. There is a difference between being consciously a racist and unconsciously reproducing racist structures, explains the pub. It’s about “intermediate tones”.
The brasserie emphasizes that it wants to have a discussion on this topic. Namely on August 19th. Among other things, “problematic aspects of cultural appropriation in a post-colonial society” and the Swiss asylum system will be discussed. It should also be looked at in which points this movement goes too far and why light-skinned people feel “so attacked”. (ced)