Comedian Iliza Shlesinger Sued for Banning Men From Audience
When I first heard that comedian Iliza Shlesinger was being sued for putting on a performance of only female comedians, I got a little upset. Why bother her over this? However, plaintiff George St. George was told that only women would be allowed in the audience, and that does sound like a problem.
Worse, St. George and a friend had already purchased tickets to Schlesinger's "Girls Night In" show November 13 in Los Angeles. At the time of the purchase, they were told they'd have to sit in the back, which was apparently fine with them. However, when they arrived for the show, the men were denied entry. An employee said that the theater and Shlesinger had decided men wouldn't be permitted to attend the performance, and offered a refund.
As Rolling Stone reports, the full title of the show -- "Girls Night In With Iliza -- No Boys Allowed" -- violates California state law. The lawsuit cites a 1985 state Supreme Court ruling that effectively banned "ladies' night" promotions.
St. George's attorney Alfred Rava told Variety: "At no time should an entertainer or an entertainment venue require female patrons or male patrons sit in the back of the theater based solely on their sex."
Rolling Stone added that Rava once served as secretary for a men's rights group. Why Rolling Stone felt that matters is a mystery.