The Canberra Times have given the 2014 Fringe Festival Creative Director, Jorian Gardner the Kim Kardashian of Canberra, some further publicity yesterday afternoon in an article posted on its online edition.
Canberra Times Journalist, Tom McIlroy reports that after months of public lobbying, Mr Gardner has received a formal right of reply as he claims he has been left feeling ‘embarrassed and defamed’ following a political debate sparked by an Adolf Hitler themed strip performance at the Canberra Fringe Festival earlier this year.
Mr Gardner presented a four-page document clearly indicating he found comments made by Canberra Liberal members, Jeremy Hanson, Giulia Jones and Brendan Smyth to be inappropriate. In highlighting his point, it appears that Mr Gardner questions the political and professional integrity of the members in a scathing account of how he believes to have been portrayed by the Liberals.
According to yesterday’s article Mr Gardner appears very keen to clear the air in regard to how he received his appointment as the festival’s Creative Director. In his reply, Mr Gardner has stressed that he did tick all the boxes when applying for the role and never acted inappropriately when dealing with public funds.