Jun 29 2008

CityView: Human Rights Tribunal Takes On Comedian

Published by at 9:19 pm under Uncategorized

Anyone else incredulous at the story about the BC Human Rights Tribunal is going after a comedian after he rhetorically slapped down a couple of obnoxious hecklers at a Vancouver comedy show (See comedian Guy Earle’s description of the incident below)?

Political correctness is clearly out of control in Canada.

Ezra Levant, facing his own Human Rights Commission witch hunt, has pointed out that Earle’s case isn’t an isolated incident on his blog (Did You Hear The One About The Joke Police?). He notes that Heather MacNaughton, who wrote the ruling sending this matter to trial, is the same tribunal member who chaired Mark Steyn’s trial:

In that trial, too, the funny-ness of jokes became an issue. The Canadian Islamic Congress said that some of Mark Steyn’s jokes weren’t funny, but they also insisted that the CBC’s awful “sitcom”, Little Mosque on the Prairies, was indeed funny, and if Steyn didn’t think so, he was a racist.

So MacNaughton feels comfortable in her self-appointed role as government joke-tester.

It’s a joke, all right. I just don’t see the humor in it.

It appears that the heckler’s own behavior at the incident in question is under fire. One commenter with the tag Eyes_R-Listening writing on the official social network site of the L Word TV show (where the heckler apparently worked as an extra) says:

You make out with your girlfriend like some 15 year old in front of an adult audience. You then behave like some drunken heterosexual male at a strip joint and whine when you get a taste of your own medicine. This will never leave you. A bit of advice sweetheart: stay away from booze cuz you can’t control your big fat mouth. Oh, and say goodbye to your career.

Hmmm. This joke keeps getting worse by the day.

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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “CityView: Human Rights Tribunal Takes On Comedian”

  1. Larry Yatkowskyon 30 Jun 2008 at 2:39 pm

    To both parties.

    If you are going to throw gas on a fire be ready to get burned ………..

    just sayin…..

  2. Larry Yatkowskyon 01 Jul 2008 at 8:00 am

    Jonathon,

    stumbled on this by James Thurber:

    “The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.”

  3. Dhananjayon 01 Jul 2008 at 9:08 am

    This is a classic case of comedy turns into tragedy. Anyway, one has to reap as he sow and there is no exception to it. And for driving traffic one can use Glyphius at its best!

  4. jnarveyon 01 Jul 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Larry, thanks for finding that quote, you clever guy. Very appropriate.

  5. Robert W.on 02 Jul 2008 at 10:29 am

    Greetings from Canada’s Left Coast. In support of Mr. Earle, I put together this video.

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