TEDxBrussels loses license after controversial artist dragged off-stage

Deborah de Robertis

TEDxBrussels loses license after controversial artist dragged off-stage


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TEDxBrussels’s license was revoked Monday after controversial Luxembourg-born artist Deborah de Robertis was forcibly removed from the stage during her talk.

“Opening my vagina is like opening my mouth,” de Robertis said during her performance while speaking about past attempts to censor her work. De Robertis showed photos of her previous, partially nude, performances that have raised eyebrows, including two incidents at Paris’s Musée d’Orsay.

TEDx organisers rushed the stage shortly after her comments and dragged her to the sidelines, accidentally exposing her breasts in the process.

“We have reviewed the situation and spoken with the organiser. While we know there are moments when it is difficult to decide how to respond to a situation, this was deeply inappropriate. We are immediately revoking the TEDxBrussels license that was granted to this individual,” TED Staff said in a blog post.

De Robertis tweeted about the incident, saying she wants TEDx to post the entire video of her performance.

“Taking away the organiser’s license is not enough to support freedom of speech. I want my full official video to be published on the TEDx website like all the other videos, otherwise, it would be double censorship,” tweeted de Robertis. “As a compensation and to show real support to freedom of speech, @TEDTalks should invite me to the next event to present the uncensored version of my conference.”

The organisers of TEDxBrussels have not commented on the incident.

 

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