The Montpelier Center for Arts and Education informed Del. John McGuire (R) that they are no longer allowing him to host an event at their facility Tuesday night. McGuire was planning to screen “What is a Woman,” which is considered by many to be a transphobic film from Matt Walsh, a right-wing commentator with Daily Wire.
According to McGuire, the facility notified him Monday that the yellow ad they have been using is too controversial and they received complaints. “Cancel culture is alive and well in Hanover County and throughout our Commonwealth,” McGuire said in an email. “Our venue, The Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, told us over the phone yesterday the yellow ad below we’ve been using for several weeks is too controversial and we cannot use their venue tonight.”
“Courage is contagious and pushing back is the only way to stop the nonsense,” McGuire continued. “No one thinks it’s OK for a man to win a women’s NCAA swim championship.”
The Executive Director of Montpelier Center for Arts and Education is Lloyd Dunnavant, the husband of Republican state Senator Siobhan Dunnavant (Henrico).
The event planning service Eventbrite does not allow events to be planned on its platform for this movie. In a message notifying a user of the screening’s cancellation, the service wrote, “We do not permit events, content, or creators that promote or encourage hate, violence, or harassment towards others and/or oneself.”
McGuire is running for the state Senate in a competitive contest for the District 10 Republican nomination. He recently traveled the area screening ‘2000 mules,’ a movie by conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza that investigates alleged voter fraud in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin in 2020. These were all important swing states that Joe Biden won.
Reuters fact-checked the ‘2000 mules’ and found that there was no concrete evidence of voter fraud presented: D’Souza’s documentary says Biden victories in swing states could be thanks to 2,000 people – or “mules” – who were hired by unnamed nonprofits – dubbed “stash houses” – to conduct “ballot trafficking”, i.e.: stuffing numerous drop boxes with potentially fake absentee ballots. It also alleges that the so-called “mules” were paid $10 for every fake ballot they submitted.
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