Wagga’s Commercial Club has denied it was formally approached by comedian Rodney Rude in the wake of a social media meltdown.
Rude took to Facebook and Twitter to explain to his 23,000-plus followers why he would not be visiting the city, triggering an outpouring of outrage from fans.
“The club has a right to stay they don’t want a performance ... (but rejecting a show) because their members don’t like me, what right have you got?” he told The Daily Advertiser.
“When an admin makes a decision for the punters, it makes you angry.
“It always amazes me, we work so hard at jobs, why can’t we have pure Australian nonsense - mucking around and having fun?”
RSL and Commercial Club general manager Andrew Bell defended the decision.
“We make decisions on entertainers every week and they are based on scheduling,” Mr Bell said.
“Most professionals accept if we can't accommodate them in good grace.
"To the best of our knowledge, he hasn't even made a formal approach to us (to play here)."
Rude said he had a soft spot for Wagga, preferring to perform in pubs and clubs rather than theatres.
“The shows in Wagga in the past had been ball-tearers … I would do three to four nights at Wagga.”
Rude is preparing to return to stage for the first time in three years
He said he would only continue performing for another one or two years.
“I came back to the bush in Gunnedah and Narrabri to warm up, there’s nothing better than visiting country towns,” he said.
Rude said every performer got rejections, his only problem was how he claimed the rejection had gone.
He started his career in the 1980s, quickly becoming one of the nation’s most infamous performers.
He was arrested for obscenity in Queensland but successfully defended the charges.
Eastern Riverina Arts executive officer Scott Howie said a refusal to host a performer would only be a problem if it was public space.
“The venue itself has the opportunity to choose who and what they program and if they think their material is not suitable, that’s their decision,” Mr Howie said.
“There are plenty of venues who would take Rodney Rude.
“Those who want to see him can make their feelings known by buying tickets.”