British conductor sacked by US music festival after ‘innocent’ joke with his African-American friend was labelled racist

An acclaimed British conductor has been fired from a prestigious American music festival after a seemingly innocent joke he made to a black friend was labelled racist.

Matthew Halls was removed as artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival following an incident in which he imitated a southern American accent while talking to his longstanding friend, the African-American classical singer Reginald Mobley.

It is understood a white woman who overheard the joke reported it to officials at the University of Oregon, which runs the festival, claiming it amounted to a racial slur.

Shortly after Halls, who has worked with orchestras and opera houses across Europe and the US, was told by a university official his four year contract, which was to have run until 2020, was being terminated.

Mobley, a countertenor who regularly performs in the UK, has now spoken out to defend his friend, saying there was nothing racist about the joke and describing the university’s apparent treatment of Halls as deeply unjust.

  • Maurice Miner

    There is no such thing as a “joke” from these white supremacist motherfuckers – every word is carefully intended to insult, intimidate, and cement the narrative against those of colour.

  • Oracle9

    The public is now the willing eyes and ears of the totalitarian left, Soviet-style.

    No enjoyment of life is allowed no relaxed bantering between groups in this multcultural paradise, not by a white man anyway, ’cause that’s racist.

  • tom_billesley

    On the next US Census form, the race category “White” will be replaced by “Racist”.

  • CodexCoder

    What needs to be published is the name of the woman that filed the complaint, and remedies sought in civil court for slander and defamation of character by Matthew Halls. Just as there were real consequences for an innocent joke, there must be consequences for someone who intervened without just cause.

    • Good point. But will the court be equitable or PC?

      • bargogx1

        Either way, she would still suffer consequences.

    • Manual Paleologos

      No. Remedies should be sought in the street.

    • ntt1

      yes ! there will be no end to this totalitarian crap until the woman is held up to ridicule rather than the praise of virtue she craved. (why is it usually a woman ? )

      • moraywatson

        Why? Think ‘feminazi’.

    • Flame

      I’m totally agree with you. So many millions lives lost in Stalin’s time because people reporting on other people, like this woman.
      Shame on her. Her place is in North Korea.

  • I shake my head. A world gone mad.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      Had it truly gone mad, the expression of madness would be pointed in random and counterproductive directions.
      No, this is absolutely deliberate and designed to cower all whites.
      It is to make us afraid to speak.

      • That is the madness whereof I speak, because it is displayed by whites. It is leftist whites who are generating the racist anti-white trend; the non-whites had no such power.

  • moraywatson

    Sue the self righteous female interloper AND the festival board of directors for defamation and seek compensatory and exemplary damages. This is the only way this nonsense is going to be stopped; make them pay for their fascism.

    • A Hamilton Guy

      Guys are notorious for slagging those who they consider their best friends. Women will never understand and will always try to pass judgement. It`s a guy thing , ladies piss off. Those who would rather be ladies: Piss off too!