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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Thursday, October 29

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The Empty Bottle cancelled at the last minute a show by three pro-Nazi/racist bands, after receiving hundreds of angry phone calls and emails. The concert was moved to Déjà Vù, which also ended up cancelling after a similar outcry. But Jim DiRogatis raises some important questions: "Is a band guilty of espousing fascist opinions just because it uses fascist imagery? And, more pressingly, is censorship ever a valid response in protesting objectionable ideas?"

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