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Comedian May postpones Fargo show after American Indian joke controversy

FARGO -- Ralphie May's show at the Fargo Theatre for Tuesday, April 12, has been postponed. The comic got into hot water after an old joke about American Indians resurfaced and prompted the cancellation of a show in Bemidji, Minn., over the weekend.

FARGO -- Ralphie May’s show at the Fargo Theatre  for Tuesday, April 12, has been postponed. The comic got into hot water after an old joke about American Indians resurfaced and prompted the cancellation of a show in Bemidji, Minn., over the weekend.

“I am postponing my shows in Fargo, Sioux Falls (S.D.) and Burnsville (Minn.) out of respect for the Native American community and safety for all parties,” May said in a statement released by promoter Jade Presents. “ A video that surfaced on YouTube hurt and offended many people, and I am truly sorry. I thought I was a well-read, educated man. I know nothing. I’m a product of mass media and the U.S. public school system. I have learned so much this week, and I want to learn more. My eyes are open, and I hope to be a conduit for things that we are not taught.”

A demonstration was planned for outside the Fargo Theatre at 7 tonight.

May said he has already spoken to one of the leaders of the American Indian Movement tand will be speaking with them again this week. AIM was planning a demonstration at the Burnsville site on Thursday.

The release said May plans to return to Fargo and Sioux Falls “as soon as possible,” but didn’t list a date. He was scheduled to appear at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls.

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Guests are asked to hold onto tickets until a re-scheduled date is announced.

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