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Canadian Comedian Ordered to Pay $35,000 over a Joke
« on: December 02, 2019, 05:13:35 PM »
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Ward’s jokes make have been tasteless, but does that mean he should have to pay $35,000?

Canadian comedian Mike Ward has lost his appeal and has been ordered by a Quebec judge to pay $35,000 because of a joke he told about a disabled boy.

Ward was ordered to pay $35,000 to Jeremy Gabriel, who suffers from a genetic disorder that causes facial deformity and affects his hearing, due to a joke the comedian told at shows between 2010 and 2013.

The joke in question was regarding Gabriel’s disability. In 2005, Gabriel sang to Pope Benedict and Celine Dion to flesh out his dream of becoming an international singer.

Ward’s jokes called Gabriel a bad singer, stating that he was “terminally ill” and that Gabriel not passing away meant that his “Make a Wish” was invalid. Gabriel was not actually terminally ill, as Gabriel’s genetic disease—Treacher Collins syndrome—does not generally have an effect on lifespan. He was also not a Make-a-Wish kid, as Ward was embellishing the story for the sake of the joke.

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Re: Canadian Comedian Ordered to Pay $35,000 over a Joke
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2019, 05:26:52 PM »
We need to get back to where the marketplace "rewards" boors.
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