Freedom of Speech or Human Rights Violation?
April 25, 2011 11:11 PM Subscribe
posted by inturnaround (190 comments total)
4 users marked this as a favorite
Vancouver comedian Guy Earle and the restaurant he was performing at were fined a combined C$22,500
by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal after a 2007 incident where Earle mocked a member of the audience.
The audience member, Lorna Prady, is one half of a same-sex couple and appealed to the Tribunal after Earle mocked with sexual insults while hosting an open mic night at the Vancouver restaurant Zesty's. The tribunal found that Earle mocked her after seeing Prady kiss her girlfriend. Earle has contended
that he went after her because she and her girlfriend were disrupting the show by making out and has called them "hecklers" (audio interview)
The ruling, which Earle says he doesn't recognize, is being criticized by some as possibly having a chilling effect on comedians in British Columbia due to the restaurant being fined for the incident which may discourage rooms from offering comedy in the future.
The Guy Earle Trial Blog
BC Human Rights Tribunal Decision (Summary (PDF)
/ Full Ruling (PDF)
Video interview circa 2007
(Language NSFW for both)