I’m not a lawyer… but in my view this represents what is wrong with these sorts of ‘Tribunals’. Sure sometimes people, and certainly comedians, are assholes, but monetary damages for hurt feelings?…ugh.
Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that comedian Mike Ward must pay Jérémy Gabriel $35,000 for making jokes that violated his rights. Ward has been ordered to pay the former child singer with disabilities $25,000 in moral damages and $10,000 in punitive damages. He will also need to pay Sylvie Gabriel, Jérémy’s mother, a total of $7,000 to $5,000 for moral damages and $2,000 for punitive
Should it be criminal (yes I know it’s not a criminal case) to mock someone? To mock a public figure? To mock a young person? A child? Someone with a disability?
Even a civil suit requires time and money on both ends. Is the law then silencing those who can’t afford free speech?
Recently there was some, ok some endless, Twitter drama surrounding the new ghostbusters movie. Richard Roeper said the movie was crap, and got raked over the Internet coals for doing his job as reviewer, and then Leslie Jones, an actor in said crappy movie, got the same treatment for doing her job being in said crappy movie. (Also accusations of racism/sexism galore and a gay conservative got banned from Twitter)
I haven’t seen the movie. Although the trailer I saw made it look like the standard SNL skit-movie that I tend to avoid. I did enjoy the original, but not so much the sequel.
Do I offend? Should I care? Should you sue?