Event planners in Qatar said the ban was a ‘misprint’ and have apologised after a Twitter backlash
Organisers of Canadian comedian Russell Peters’ show in Doha on October 20 have apologised after a Twitter campaign condemned a ban on national attire which was included printed in the terms of conditions printed on the back of tickets issued to those attending the event.
The controversy started when Qatari residents began tweeting the back of the ticket image which stated: "Please respect the local rules and regulations. No headgear of any kind. No National Dress."
Event organisers Iconic Qatar issued a statement describing the ban on national dress a ‘misprint’, Doha News reported.
“Please note in regards to recent comments on social media. We wanted to clarify that NATIONAL DRESS IS ALLOWED to the Russell Peters Event. We apologise but it states on the terms and conditions in English that no national dress is allowed, this was a misprint for a previous event and as noted is does not say so in Arabic,” the organisers said in a statement on their Facebook page.
Organisers said the terms and conditions had been included as alcohol will be served at the event, Doha News reported.
Peters is a distinguished comedian known for his humour highlighting racial, ethnic, class and cultural stereotypes.