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Female Comedian Iliza Shlesinger From ‘Last Comic Standing’ Sued For Banning Men From Show
A man is suing comedian Iliza Shlesinger for waging a “War On Men” after he was denied entry to her November show, “Girls Night In With Iliza — No Boys Allowed.” (According to this)
Shlesinger, a winner of the show “Last Comic Standing,” was fairly clear about her target audience in her Instagram announcement for the show. But George St. George says Shlesinger and the theater hosting her performance broke California state laws prohibiting discrimination based on gender by telling him and a male friend they couldn’t come in.
St. George and his friend purchased tickets for Shlesinger’s performance for $30 and $25 respectively, according to the complaint, filed by attorney Alfred G. Rava. When they arrived at the Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles, California, for the show, the lawsuit says they were told they’d need to sit in the “back row of the Theater for the show because of their sex.”
Tomorrow is my ONLY GIRLS ALLOWED show #GirlsNightIn – we are gonna have @jesswellington2 and @jessdweck share some awesome stories and then we are gonna have a fun talk about our world, girls. Very special. Tickets at ILIZA.COM and the show is at 8 at Largo! Don’t delay. Come with an open mind, and open heart and wear something fun!
After the men left the theater and returned, the same employee said they actually couldn’t see the show at all, and refunded their money.
St. George and his guest believe the injustices they endured were on par with those leading up to the civil rights movement. What happened was “akin to the Montgomery City Lines bus company in Montgomery, Alabama circa 1955 morphing into the Woolworth’s department store lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960,” their lawsuit reads.
(Jim Crow laws forced racial segregation on city busses in Alabama in the 1950s, prompting Rosa Parks to famously stand up for her right to sit where she wanted. Sit-ins at Woolworth’s department store ultimately led to the company removing its racial segregation policy.)
The men want justice after being victims in Shlesinger’s “War On Men,” the complaint says.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.