LEO revokes Readers' Choice Awards from Kentucky comedian

Published: Oct. 12, 2016 at 7:36 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2016 at 2:05 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Each year, restaurants, personalities and stores are recognized for the being the best in Louisville by the readers of the LEO Weekly. But this year, at least one of the winners of multiple Readers' Choice Awards won't be recognized.

Kentucky comedian Amiri King was vote Best Comedian and Best Twitter Feed by LEO readers. But, his awards were promptly taken away when the publication's editors announced they couldn't be associated with King's comedy.
"Ultimately, we just came to the conclusion this is not something we could associate ourselves with," LEO Executive Editor Aaron Yarmuth said. "It wasn't constructive, thoughtful, provocative for a reason; it was just sort of a lazy attempt at getting attention."

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Supporters of King argued revoking the award is crushing the concept of Readers' Choice and even freedom of speech. In fact, the runner up for Best Comedian, Tom Mabe, declined the award when it was passed on to him.

Mabe suggested the publication could have made a disclaimer that the award recipients didn't reflect the views of the LEO Weekly instead of taking the awards away from King.

King stated on Twitter, the awards were taken away because he was a Trump supporter, though Yarmuth denies that claim.
"It really was not the political opposition as really as it was something that we don't support," Yarmuth said, "which is ad hominem attacks on minorities, women and just innocence in general."
LEO's Readers' Choice Awards will be presented Thursday night.

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