Monday, June 24, 2013

Comedian Guy Earle loses appeal of BC "Human Rights" Tribunal ruling

National Post:
In a ruling that could carry implications for comedy clubs across Canada, the Supreme Court of British Columbia has upheld the right of a bar patron to receive five-figures in damages from a comedian whose performance she alleges gave her post-traumatic stress disorder.

... ruled Justice Jon Sigurdson, while comedy clubs may swirl with “offensive, irreverent and inappropriate” language they are not operating in “zones of absolute immunity from human rights legislation.[You mean "fake human rights" legislation, don't you judge?]

... In addition to Mr. Earle’s $15,000 penalty, the restaurant was also ordered to pay $7,000 to Ms. Pardy on the grounds that since the owner had given Mr. Earle a small bar tab to host the event, the comedian was legally an employee. Restaurant owner Salam Ismail had already spent at least $13,000 in legal fees defending himself before the tribunal. ...
Thereby, sadly, upholding the fake "human right" not to be offended, strengthening the mandate of "Human Rights" Commissions and Tribunals to continue punishing those who allegedly hurt others' feelings, and encouraging sensitive souls and opportunists to file more complaints.

Update:

4 comments:

GRM said...

I dare say the outcome would have been much different had it been a hetro male in a lesbian comedy club.

terrence said...

You are right, GRM.

HRC - really means HUMAN REPRESSION COLLECTIVE....

JR said...

Any way you cut it, it's another bad day for free speech. That judge doesn't understand the concept.

Anonymous said...

These decisions are as predictable as the next sunrise. Any time a homosexual screams the canadian judiciary can be expected to jump imdiately and do exactly what they are told to do.

Judges are scumbags.