One man is outraged after being turned away from a comedy show for being a man.
Comedian Iliza Shlesinger hosted a comedy show in Los Angeles, titled, “Girls Night In With Iliza — No Boys Allowed,” but a man named George St. George wanted to see it anyway.
St. George, 21, alleges that he purchased two tickets to Shlesinger’s Nov. 13 show, despite the fact that he clearly wasn’t welcome. When he arrived to pick up his tickets at will call, he was told he and his buddy would have to sit in the back of the theater because of their gender.
The two men went to get food but when they returned, they were informed that Shlesinger and the theater had decided that no men would be admitted to the show, according to legal documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. They were offered a refund, but that wasn’t good enough for the men, who felt they had the right to be there.
“’Girls’ Night In’ is a hybrid stand-up show and interactive discussion between Iliza and the women in the audience, aimed at giving women a place to vent in a supportive, fun and inclusive environment,” the event’s description reads. “She invites women of all walks of life to come, laugh with her and at her and be ready to share and feel safe for an awesome night of comedy and love.”
Shlesinger, a former “Last Comic Standing” winner, has been entertaining soldiers overseas during the holidays and has not yet responded to the lawsuit.
In the documents, St. George called the situation “repugnant” and went on to claim that the show “repudiated hundreds of years of women’s struggles to be viewed as being equal to men and is typical of old-fashioned sexism that might also advise a young woman that her best chance for a happy life is to ace her home economics class and learn how to make a queso dip from Velveeta to catch a good man.”
St. George went on to compare his experience being turned away at the theater to the 1955 Montgomery City Lines bus boycott sparked by Rosa Parks in Alabama. He also questioned how the show was different from a “Caucasian Night” or “Heterosexual Night,” according to a report from TMZ.
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