Article review: In Canada, Did a Comedian’s Joke Go Too Far?
The case of Jérémy Gabriel tests the boundaries of free speech in Canada. There are basically two parties on this issue; namely, inquisitors and adults.
If you can make fun of Nickelback and Justin Trudeau, you should be able to make fun of Jérémy Gabriel. His having an illness or a disability shouldn’t immunize him from criticism or humour. For instance, if Trudeau loses a limb or has a serious illness, would that give him license to sue everyone who makes fun of him? If he got a nickel each time, he’d be richer than Nickelback!
While making fun of anyone, especially disabled people, for no reason is lame, the alternative is an inquisition. (Will I get sued for saying “lame”?) Inquisitors definitely need to be sued/inquisitioned. Their own ‘medicine’ is the best remedy. A bad joke, by contrast, should be ignored or answered with a good one. Ironically, the more they plead “Leave Britney alone!” the funnier it gets, even if it wasn’t funny to start. Of course, if it’s false and injurious, then it’s defamatory, which is different from satire or fair comment.