Monday, April 25, 2011

LEVANT: Canada's kangaroo courts strike a rocky mountain low

Canada's kangaroo courts strike a rocky mountain low

By Ezra Levant ,QMI Agency


Last Wednesday, in the People’s Republic of British Columbia, a comedian named Guy Earle was convicted of telling unfunny jokes at a comedy club four years ago. He was fined $15,000 and the club itself was fined another $7,500.

And all of that money has to be paid to a woman in the audience who was offended by his lesbian jokes and sued him.

She didn’t sue in a real court. In real courts, there is no such thing as the human right not to be offended at a night club, or the human right not to have a comedian poke fun at you if you’re sitting near the stage doing some heavy girl-on-girl kissing in public. Seriously.

No. Lorna Pardy, the woman in question, knew better than to go to a real court. She went to one of Canada’s patented kangaroo courts — a so-called human rights commission.
They actually had a four-day trial about this.

And she won. The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal said Pardy’s counterfeit human right not to be embarrassed by a comedian trumps the real right to freedom of speech.

The commissar who issued the ruling — he’s not a real judge; human rights commissions aren’t staffed by real judges — is named Murray Geiger-Adams. He presided over this circus.
And he wrote a 100-page ruling about it.

Seriously — there was an argument between a comedian and an audience member at a club, and this pretend judge went into 100 pages of detail, giving the government’s view about everything from where they were sitting, to the brand of beer they were drinking. He investigated whether Pardy was necking or just kissing her girlfriend.

Earle was mad that the women were making a scene instead of listening to him, so he called them out — as comedians do to hecklers and others who interrupt a comedy show.

And, in the tradition of stand up comedians everywhere, he was rude — calling them dykes and other names that were offensive. Yes, welcome to the world of stand-up comedy.
Things escalated — including Pardy throwing two glasses of water at Earle. That really is against the law, it’s called assault. But like most normal people, Earle didn’t run to the cops for being splashed with a drink.
But because Earle made a dyke joke, he was found by the government of B.C. to have been a law-breaker. That’s why he has to pay Pardy 15 grand.

And the bar owner has to pay her $7,500, too.  His name is Sam Ismail, a refugee from Iraq. He’s actually a booster of gay rights. The bar’s clientele was 60% gay, and he hosted a weekly lesbian comedy night. But he’s being punished because one of his comedians said something that he didn’t censor.

So what’s the rule now? If Guy Earle can’t call someone a dyke, even if they’re necking with their girlfriend at a comedy club, can a lesbian comedian say that? Is there a special rule that you can be offensive, if you’re part of the offended group?

If you took the n-word out of Chris Rock or Eddie Murphy’s stand-up routine, there really isn’t a lot left. Is it OK if minorities say racist words, but not whites?







It’s time to abolish the “Human Rights” Commissions!