A Twin Ports feminist group is asking Duluth's NorShor Theatre to cancel the event of a former Minnesota Public Radio host.
Garrison Keillor, best known for hosting the variety show "A Prairie Home Companion" for more than 40 years, is scheduled to bring his solo show, "Garrison Keillor: Stories, Songs, Poetry, Humor," to the theater April 16. MPR terminated Keillor's contract in 2018 after allegations of unwanted sexual touching.
The Feminist Justice League, formerly known as the Twin Ports Women's Rights Coalition, is organizing a protest against the event.
“Keillor never took accountability for the ways that he made female co-workers feel sexualized and harassed. He minimized or denied his harmful behaviors,” organizer Heather Bradford said. “It is up to the community to hold him accountable and believe victims. By canceling the event, it sends a message that sexual harassment and sexual assault should be taken seriously.”
Bradford said the purpose of the protest is to draw attention to the issue and pressure the NorShor to cancel the show. More protests will be planned throughout March if the event isn't canceled, she said.
The Feminist Justice League has also started a petition on Change.org, which they plan on sending to the NorShor’s board of directors.
“April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which makes the timing of the event rather insensitive and tone-deaf to feminist organizing in the last few years with the #MeToo movement,” Bradford said.
Tickets for Keillor’s show are for sale at norshortheatre.com for $57.90 for premium seats and $45.90 for the upper balcony. Most tickets are still available.
The NorShor has not responded to requests for comment.