July 21, 2016

Comedian fined $42,000 for telling a joke — not in Iran, Russia or Germany, but in Canada

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Today a government agency told comedian Mike Ward that he had told an illegal joke and had to pay $42,000. Can you believe I just said that sentence, like it’s normal?

The court case took four years. It was about a sketch on Quebec TV, back in 2012.

Background: A boy named “Little Jeremy,” a kid with a disability, went to sing for the pope. Mike Ward joked that he was rooting for poor Little Jeremy, but then the boy didn’t actually die. See, the mainstream media had turned this kid into a living saint, perhaps on the expectation that he was going to pass away — and he didn’t.

And of course, comedians poke fun at these very things: inconsistencies, pretentiousness, fake piety, virtue signalling.

Little Jeremy and his mother sued, though. But not in a real court. In a "human rights" commission.

Then a judge said — get this — that Ward’s jokes violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Suing comedians is becoming a thing. Remember that other Canadian comedian, Guy Earle? And in Germany, a comedian read a gross poem about Turkey’s president Erdogan. Erdogan demanded that Angela Merkel prosecute the comedian — and she agreed. It's going to trial.

I don’t know enough about Mike Ward to say if I like his comedy or not. But that’s irrelevant.

He has the right to tell his jokes and we have the right to choose to hear them.

NEXT: Canadian author Raheel Raza was one of the participants in the groundbreaking documentary film "Honor Diaries." She joins me today to talk about the horrific honour killing of a young social media star and feminist in Pakistan.

Raza reminds us that, unfortunately, this woman (who was killed by her brother) was one of hundreds of similar murders that take place in that country every year, and around the world. She explains what has to happen now to bring these honour killings to an end.

THEN: Columnist Lorne Gunter and I talk about Justin Trudeau's lack of support for Canada's energy sector.

FINALLY: Your letters to me!

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commented 2016-07-24 12:12:24 -0400
@ RÉJEAN BERGERON…. the HRC is watching and free speech has limits..

Then it’s not free speech. In Canada thanks to SJW’s like you and Marxist bureaucracies like the HRC we have no ‘free’ speech in Canada any longer. I don’t know if you are an immigrant or if you were born here but either way you are a disgrace. The HRC is also a disgrace and a blemish on this once proud and free country I love.
We will fight you.
commented 2016-07-23 21:52:21 -0400
woot! a win against honor killing!
commented 2016-07-23 08:13:48 -0400
Is there any humorist that joke about ISIS?… Yeah, its a cheap shot to dispise a disable boy, and there is no risk of being targeted by any fanatic…however the HRC is watching and free speech has limits..
commented 2016-07-22 20:27:50 -0400
The problem with honour KILLINGS is that if the killings did stop and the lady or man is only ostracized or left out of a family will, as sometimes happens in our culture, will we then think this problem is solved? Equality is not fulfilled just by ending the killing. Equality and freedom are not even found in many churches today. “Let the woman keep silent in the church for it is not permitted unto them to speak…”…“I do not permit a woman to teach…” “ye wives be in subjection unto your husbands”…these verses are in the Bible, not that the overview of scripture supports the widespread interpretation of these verses that are found in personal correspondence from the apostle Paul. Jesus never taught this.

In fact the Southern Baptists, only 16 years ago, brought in laws reinstating these rules and removing female professors from their college and forcing the few female pastors out of their churches (some after 40 years as pastor) even though they have had female pastors for 100 years and had just unknowingly awarded 3 women best preacher of the year for their audio sermons (not realizing their voices were female)!…and they reinstated that women were commanded again to be in subjection to their husbands…so stopping the killing isn’t enough. The idea that women are inferior is widespread, grows and recedes periodically and is never settled, even in the comments on this website… Equality is never settled, but Equality cannot be legislated without bringing in drastic laws that never heal the souls of men. It is the hearts of men that need to be examined individually and perhaps each man watching this should consider his own heart…does he even respect women and, in fact, all others he meets? If not, he has the spirit of disrespect for life…the life of human beings…and the thoughts and minds of others. Better to be like God who is ‘no respecter of persons’ or in modern English, who does not have favourites. At least, let the person show you who they are and then, if you must, judge them…because your conscience is yours to elevate or demean…as you choose.
commented 2016-07-22 19:44:27 -0400
Jeremy’s words are a load of garbage…‘we MUST show respect’…yes that is a rule for oneself…not for everyone.

Since when is this kid Jeremy to be your conscience and mine? Sorry Jeremy…my conscience is not your business!
commented 2016-07-22 18:40:17 -0400

Here’s a good one Ezra and co.: How many Canadians leave Canada for the U.S. every year? How many Canadians renounce their Canadian citizenship every year? The Rebel.media posted a few months ago that over 4000 Americans yearly have renounced their citizenship while Obamuslim has been president of the U.S. Why not let the Canadian public know how many of us are leaving or planning on leaving because of Turdeau…
commented 2016-07-22 18:25:24 -0400
can we take the cbc to the human rights commission for censoring the truth? to me using my money pay “moderators” to censor my comments is an infringement on my human rights…i find all forms of censorship tyrannical but this really is our national disgrace.. beating justin into a distant second in that category
commented 2016-07-22 16:12:29 -0400
As long as Canada has these so-called “Human Rights Commisions” with their undemocratic draconian practices, and as long as Dictator Justin Trudeau is prime minister, Canada will never be a democracy.
Abolish the “Human Rights Commissions”…….down with Justin Trudeau!
commented 2016-07-22 11:36:54 -0400
I have to wonder what the make up of the joke patrol is. Obviously no comedians. I also have to wonder if anyone involved in the court case laughed or if they saved their heartiest laughter for the absurdity of the situation and how much they hosed the tax payers for for a 4 year long trial.
commented 2016-07-22 10:43:30 -0400
you want to get even with twitter
tweet that Hit them where it hurts IN THE POCKET BOOK
commented 2016-07-22 06:19:44 -0400
I remember back when Pierre Elliot Trudeau was first elected as PM. He said he was going to change Canada so we would not recognize it. I guess this is what he meant when he incorporated the Charter of Rights. Under subsequent Liberal governments, we were taught that the Crucifix was offensive but the Karpan could be worn freely even in schools. Both are religious symbols the former signify the death of the Christian prophets and the latter being a knife designed to disembowel a human being. To date, I have not heard a plausible explanation as to the basis used to qualify what is offensive. It seems if one is newer to Canadians it has special privledges.
commented 2016-07-22 06:00:22 -0400
I agree, Canada is communist. We here in Alberta have been hit hard by Socialism through notley ndp. Any hope for this country is gone for me. Its just hang on and survive or move to U.S.A when Trump wins.
commented 2016-07-22 03:37:04 -0400
Let the war on comedians begin.
commented 2016-07-22 02:29:29 -0400
Raheem Raza, you are a couragous woman and I admire you greatly.
Qandeel Balock’s murder is heart breaking and we must not let her courage be forgotten.
commented 2016-07-22 02:16:36 -0400
After Milo being banned from Twitter, I’m surprised that Ezra is still using it. I guess he can’t give it up if his followers are on it.
commented 2016-07-22 01:59:14 -0400
The Human Rights commission is nothing but a kangaroo court and representation of the worst symptom that communistic dictatorship has to offer; you get convicted without trial by judge and jury and worst of all Natural Justice is unheard of.
The Human Right Commission kangaroo court is the judge, jury , prosecutor and hangman. We ARE living in communist China.
commented 2016-07-22 00:24:07 -0400
It’s hard to make it as a serious comedian these days. Seriously. First it was the fashion police and now we have the joke Nazis. What’s next joke monitors wandering about comedy clubs checking for anything they deem inappropriate and watching for those who dare laugh without government sanctioned approval.
commented 2016-07-21 23:42:43 -0400
Free speech is now dead in Canada. Which freedom is next ?
commented 2016-07-21 21:50:42 -0400
I finally found something you’re wrong about. It won’t take 20 years to recover from this destruction (if there was just some way to call an election) once the NDP are gone. The good news is that they will be destroyed in all provinces and federally. Then we take care of Justin
commented 2016-07-21 21:41:35 -0400
Another question for the Conservative party; why did you not disband the HRC when you were in power? Now we huff and puff when the kangaroo court does what it was set up to do.

On oil; the only hope is for a Trump win and a path to tidewater through the Gulf.
commented 2016-07-21 21:18:54 -0400
I wouldn’t pay, hell, I would even show up to their kangaroo courts. These are the kinds of farce courts you find in dictatorial tyranny’s.
commented 2016-07-21 21:14:20 -0400
I’m offended by the jokes that we call our elected representatives!
Give me money.
commented 2016-07-21 21:08:48 -0400
The kangaroo court decision is yet another cut of the 1000 needed to kill free speech. We must be in the 900’s by now.
commented 2016-07-21 21:06:26 -0400

From time to time I will post some question for the so called smart asses

I’ll post the answer at the end of Ezra’s show
just another reason to watch just $8 bucks a month or $80 bucks a year
you lefties just think of all the comments you leave freedom of speech

It is possible to go blind from smoking too heavily. A condition known as AMBLYOPIA. in which a person’s sight grows progressively dimmer. is directly attributable to excessive use of cigarettes.
The cure is usually quite simple: STOP SMOKING!
commented 2016-07-21 20:56:39 -0400
Good show EZRA. , keep on them , all of the destroyers
commented 2016-07-21 20:55:17 -0400
- $42,000 for a joke? Canada’s on it’s way to becoming the world’s coldest banana republic. Canada’s human rights tribunals are a joke with no punchline. Disgusting.

- “Honor Killings” – murders committed by dishonorable barbarian cowards. This doesn’t need to be imported to the West. It isn’t news in the West because feminist groups just use women’s rights to push a political agenda – they actually couldn’t care less about women & events like this prove it.

- Trudeau is a disgrace. What else is there to say?
commented 2016-07-21 20:50:16 -0400
To each his or her own. I dislike most comedians these days because they seem to have a mindset to be silly outrageous or use filthy language. I just do not bother listening or watching anymore.
What ever happened to clean and civil comedian’s? Anyway, free speech is necessary and we have a choice as to what enters our ears or eyes.
commented 2016-07-21 20:48:09 -0400
It is possible to go blind from smoking too heavily. A condition known as AMBLYOPIA. in which a person’s sight grows progressively dimmer. is directly attributable to excessive use of cigarettes.
The cure is usually quite simple:
commented 2016-07-21 20:16:37 -0400
The Rebel should start a fund to help Mike Ward fight the Human Rights Kangaroo Kourt all the way to the Supreme Court.
commented 2016-07-21 20:16:22 -0400
Here’s something that I will probably not be allow to post or speak out against in the near future in any govt funded website or place like the University d’Ottawa.

Will probably be charged for hate speech on campus or taken to a human rights commission, where I have probably caused some hurt feelings of one or two Francophones for suggesting we should not have jobs like this, especially at the salary given that the same province is cutting heath care and doctors.


Organization: Treasury Board Secretariat
Division: Corporate Services Division
City: Toronto
Job Term: 1 Permanent, 1 Temporary (up to six months with possible extension)
Job Code: 5A004 – Admin05
Salary: $63,544.00 – $91,564.00 Per Year
Understanding the job ad – definitionsPosting Status: Open
Job ID: 95214