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Fight Racism and Anti-Semitism at Adelaide Fringe

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It has come to the attention of the arts community that Shayne ‘Rax’ Budgen, producer of “50 Shades of Fringe (Acts One & Two), routinely wears inflammatory anti-Semitic and racist costuming, and parading this as kink. In multiple Facebook posts, Budgen can be seen wearing and posing in Klu Klux Klan inspired attire, and it has also been alleged that they have attended kink events in Gestapo/SS uniform including swastika, and defending themself under the guise of kink or with the excuse that it only becomes offensive if people give power to it being offensive. 

 

This individual clearly has little care for the health and wellbeing of others, nor the empathy for those who witnessed and suffered horrors during the Holocaust or persecution of People of Colour.

Their fringe event, 50 Shades of Fringe, is described in an excerpt from the event description in the program as:
"With no holds barred and often leaving our crowd members triggered”

As artists, we will not stand for anti-Semitism or racism in any form. We respect our entire artistic and wider community, regardless of race, religious beliefs, sexuality, gender and many more beautiful and celebrated features of human beings.

We call on Adelaide Fringe and it’s Board of Directors to condemn the behavior of this individual and remove this event from their program.  
We also call for increased scrutiny for all events in the festival program. We believe it is the responsibility of Adelaide Fringe Festival and it’s Board of Directors to ensure adequate framework is in place in the future to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of all audiences, artists and crew. There must be transparency in this process, and honest and open communication with the fringe community of artists, crew, and supporters.



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