Guy Earle's hecklers may get the last laugh

Back in May, comedian Guy Earle was heckled while hosting a comedy night at Zesty’s Restaurant on Commercial Drive. Earle responded to the hecklers by launching into a slew of insults allegedly aimed at the sexuality of the hecklers, who were a lesbian couple. Lorna Pardy, one half of the couple, then filed a human-rights complaint against Earle, Zesty’s, and restaurant owner Salam Ismail. On June 24, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled that there is enough evidence for the case to be heard.

Is this political correctness gone too far? Certainly, by all accounts, Earle’s tirade was offensive and unfunny. (The comedian denies he discriminated.) But when does something cross the line from being merely offensive to being an affront to human rights? On the one hand, this does seem ridiculous: isn’t there a long tradition in comedy of comedians giving hecklers what-for? But then again, had Earle launched into a racist tirade, í  la Michael Richards, we might not dismiss this episode as PC mania.



Watch Earle discuss the episode in an interview with fellow comics:

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Social Justice Rocks
"The patio is closing, we have a table for you inside."
Being in a foul half drunk mood, that move was a tad too much for the comic causing him to go 'sideways'. THEN, the 'heckling' began. At least this is what I heard from direct witnesses to the incident.
He should have followed the advice on my sign...
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Social Justice Rocks Part Deux

Two sides to every story... he seems to be a little premature about alot of things.
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Free Speech Enthusiast
Please refer "Ms" Pardy to s.2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which guarantees the right to free speech. What next?
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Steven
How is this not Lenny Bruce all over again? (I don't find Guy Earle funny and I would have been on the side of the hecklers had I been in the bar.)
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fem lez
Ok so Guy Earle, gets TWO drinks thrown at him by the womyn(gotta be politically correct) and HE is the one going in front of a tribunal...hmmm. Is that not ASSAULT!?Ok, so lets start at the beginning, these gals were outside, then came inside were apparently obnoxious, making out heavily and drawing a tremendous amount of attention. He felt they were being disrespectful, and dealt with the situation. It's ok for them to be rude?
I laughed when the media used the term "dyke" apparently Guy referred to this term when addressing them..oh NO! BUT its ok for lesbian's to use the term e.g. The DYKE March or Dykes on Bikes or Superdyke.com. But when its convient to them, they pull the victim card. Giving me a break! Well good thing he didn't call them women because they would have clearly nailed him to the cross for this. Remember they are womyn...so get it write people.
These womyn were clearly attention seekers and WHY are we giving it to them?!!! BTW, I am a feminine lesbian who choose NOT to attention seek or play the victim card!!! These women make all lesbians and gays look like freaks as does the Gay pride parade.
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Gary
This heckler/lesbian needs to grow up, suck it up, and be responsible for her own hurt feelings. Geez, already.... This country is getting ridiculous when someone like this can manipulate the courts like this. I am 100% on the side of the comedian.
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V. Malaise
Is there such a thing as a legal extortion attempt?
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Singo
there was plenty of room inside, but they chose the closest booth to the stage, why? there were 10-15 people in the restaurant including them and comedians.and it was almost time to close. her friend was humiliated the most and did not sue! its extortion, if u don't know, read the shake down by Ezra levant
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JR
I am offended and traumatized by this event do to my religous convictions that all people should be treated equally no matter how stupid and offensive they are.

Can I take the entire PARDY team, including the court, to a HRC/HRT outside of BC to get justice?
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blegh
http://www.bchrt.bc.ca/decisions/2011/pdf/april/101_Pardy_v_Earle_and_ot...
The transcript whatsawhosits from the court case.

Also is everyone ignoring that he threw around the n word just because some people were talking?
Seems a little....aggressive for lack of a better word
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Guess Who's Lauging Now?
Not Guy Earle I'm guessing..
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Leanne
According to witnesses - the couple did not heckle this imbecile. He and another comedian were the only ones to say that the women were heckling him.

Thanks GS for tilting the story just that tiny bit to make this poor man a victim.
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Leanne
"Don't mind that inconsiderate dyke table over there. You know lesbians are always ruining it for everybody."

"Do you have a strap-on? You can take your girlfriend home and fuck her in the ass."
"Are you on the rag; is that why you're being such a fucking cunt?"

"Thanks for ruining the evening, fucking dykes."

"You're a fat ugly cunt. No man will fuck you; that's why you're a dyke. You fat cunt."

"Do you want to be a man; is that why you're such a fucking asshole?"

"Somebody shut her up. Put a cock in her mouth and shut her the fuck up."

There was no heckling, the Tribunal and Court found. This was not part of a comedy routine. There was no evidence that this was a form of artistic expression, the Tribunal and Court explained.
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