Viet Cong Show Cancelled Over Offensive Band Name

A venue promoter apologized for booking a talented band with a controversial name

No one can deny Calgary postpunk band Viet Cong’s talent. But, their talent didn’t outweigh the apparently offensive nature of the band’s name for the promoter at Oberlin College’s Dionysus Disco.

The promoter, Ivan Krasnov, took to Dionysus Disco’s Facebook page to apologize for booking the group in the first place, and to apologize even further to anyone in the Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities.

The statement read:

As the person behind booking this band, I would first and foremost like to apologize on both my and my booking organization’s behalf for inviting a band with a name that deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities, both in Oberlin and beyond. I acknowledge the problematic nature of a band naming themselves “Viet Cong” and extend my apology to anyone hurt or made uncomfortable by the name and its connotations.

Krasnov was also troubled by the fact that Viet Cong was originally unaware of their controversial band name, but didn’t seem to care when they learned the history behind it.

You can check out the promoter’s full statement here.