Glastonbury cancels screening of 'The Big Lie' after backlash from community

The showing of the film was criticised by several major Jewish groups


LONDONDERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND - JANUARY 29: Former Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the 50th Anniversary Annual Lecture of Bloody Sunday at the Guildhall on January 29, 2022 in Londonderry, also known as Derry, Northern Ireland. The Bogside Massacre that came to be known as Bloody Sunday, took place on 30th January 1972. British Soldiers shot at 26 unarmed civilians taking part in a protest march, killing 14. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Glastonbury Festival has cancelled a planned screening of a controversial film about former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The film, titled Oh, Jeremy Corbyn! The Big Lie, was scheduled to be shown on a minor stage on the Sunday of the festival.

The film, which is linked to on Glastonbury’s website is described as exploring: “a dark and murky story of political deceit and outrageous antisemitic smears.”

A trailer of the film shows one interviewee questioning whether Mr Corbyn was brought down by an “orchestrated campaign”.

After outcry on social media, Glastonbury management have distanced themselves from the film, saying in a statement: "Although we believe that the Pilton Palais booked this film in good faith, in the hope of provoking political debate, it's become clear that it is not appropriate for us to screen it at the Festival.

"Glastonbury is about unity and not division, and we stand against all forms of discrimination."

The film’s contributors include the filmmaker Ken Loach, former MP Chris Wiliamson and sacked Bristol lecturer David Miller.

Also involved in the film is Andrew Murray, a close adviser to Mr Corbyn who in 2005, authored an article in which he claimed that the roots of the 9/11 terror attacks lay in “Zionist colonialism” of the Balfour Declaration.

In a statement, the CST said: “Jeremy Corbyn’s diehard supporters are determined to peddle the false myth that the only reason he is not the Prime Minister is that a conspiracy orchestrated by the Israeli Embassy supposedly invented a load of stories about antisemitism in the Labour Party.

“It is this claim that is a big lie, and it denies and insults the very real harassment and abuse suffered by many Jewish Labour Party members during that period, while itself reinforcing antisemitic stereotypes. The idea that this appalling film is going to be shown at the Glastonbury Festival, which prides itself on its anti-racism, is a disgrace, and the decision to show it should be reversed.”

The Board of Deputies welcomed the move, saying: "We are pleased that in the wake of a letter we sent earlier today, Glastonbury have announced the cancellation of the screening of this film. Hateful conspiracy theories should have no place in our society."

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