Ilana Glazer, co-creator and star of Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” shut down a political event scheduled for November 2 in Brooklyn, New York after anti-semitic graffiti was found inside the location, the Union Temple in Prospect Heights. A custodian at the temple discovered the vandalism, which included the phrase “Kill All Jews” written on one of the doors inside the synagogue. The slurs are being investigated as a hate crime by New York City police.
The Union Temple event, hosted by Glazer, was to feature a conversation with New York state senate candidates Andrew Gounardes and Jim Gaughran and journalist Amy Goodman. The conversation was going to take place at 8:30pm ET but Glazer cancelled the event a half hour before. Speaking to Democracy Now! earlier this morning, Glazer said she couldn’t go through with the event because, “I can’t put these 200 people who came to listen in a safe space…in that danger.”
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Gounardes reacted to the vandalism by telling the New York Post, “I hope it doesn’t have a chilling effect on people going to vote. We can’t afford to stand in the silence or be scared or intimated. This is not the New York City that any of us want to be living in.”
Glazer has starred on Comedy Central’s “Broad City” since January 2014. The series is ending with its upcoming fifth season, set to premiere January 24, 2019. In addition to the television series, Glazer has made appearances in comedy films such as “The Night Before” and “Rough Night.”
Glazer issued the following statement: “Last night, we were ready to generate stories and conversations and turn them into action. We had beautiful, bright people ready to canvas– knock on doors for the local elections– and help candidates who stand up for human rights win. Then, the Generator community experienced, together, how white supremacy, anti-Semitism and racism silences human rights politics and halts progress. But they won’t stop us from communicating, canvassing, and voting. We will continue to learn, organize, and act and make this country as safe for as many people as possible.”
.@broadcity star and co-creator Ilana Glazer (@ilazer) decided to cancel an event with Amy Goodman at a Brooklyn synagogue Thursday night after the discovery of anti-Semitic messages on the walls: “I can’t put these 200 people who came to listen in a safe space… in that danger” pic.twitter.com/WY0RKR3Gcq
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) November 2, 2018