First they came for the rape jokes.
You see, everyone has an axe to grind. If yours are rape jokes, I have to say, “tough it out.” Otherwise we have to outlaw comedy.
I don’t like when comedians talk about lightning. You see, I was struck by lightning, and it was very traumatic, and to this day it causes problems because of my phobia, so there is nothing at all funny about it and I want the jokes to stop.
See where I’m going?
Lesbian Suing Comic Eddie Griffin For Doing Lesbian Jokes
San Jose resident Fiona Walsh, 39, is mad. She went to see comedian Eddie Griffin perform in Pleasanton recently, and he wasn’t very nice to her. She says that she and her partner, Leslie Champlin, were sitting near the front of the stage at Tommy T’s Comedy Club on July 13 when Griffin stepped out, telling the audience ‘he was already drunk and had been drinking for nearly a week.” According to Mercury News, he noticed that Griffin wasn’t laughing, so the comedian taunted her from stage, saying she was “rigid” and she looked like a “librarian.” After noticing Champlin’s hand on her shoulder, however, that’s when Griffin went in for the kill.
“I was like a deer caught in headlights,” Walshe explained to Mercury News, adding, “I felt violated and stunned. I wasn’t expecting it to be so harsh and derogatory … That’s when I threw my drink at him, because I didn’t think he was going to stop. He was thrusting his genitals at my face, and it felt like it was the only defense I had — to throw my drink at him to stop.” Walshe was then attacked by Griffin, who threw water bottles at her and Champlin. A few salt and pepper shakers were also tossed their way as they were being escorted from the club.
Walshe will sue the comedian and club owners if she doesn’t receive and apology.
This brings other similar comedian-v-heckler litigiousness to light. In 2010, noted comedian David Chappelle had made anti-transgender remarks at a patron at the New Parish in Oakland. Most recently, Daniel Tosh joked to his audience about wanting to see a female heckler get gang raped.