Hays, Matthew, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Canadian fiddler Ashley MacIsaac hits new sour notes in an already off-key career
In the final hours of 1999, gay Canadian fiddler extraordinaire Ashley MacIsaac took the stage at a rave outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, near the Cape Breton town where he grew up. But instead of fiddling, he grabbed the microphone and spent 20 minutes thrashing around the stage and screaming racial and sexual slurs at the crowd. Onlookers heard "nigger," "Paki," "faggot," and "dyke," and MacIsaac repeatedly invited the audience to perform oral sex on him.
Retribution came swiftly. Event organizers had him removed from the stage and demanded he return his $10,000 fee. He refused, saying his act was intended as an Allen Ginsberg-style rant. Then MacIsaac's …
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Publication information: Article title: Fiddler, Interrupted. Contributors: Hays, Matthew - Author. Magazine title: The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine). Publication date: March 14, 2000. Page number: 49. © 2008 Regent Media. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group.
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