Last week Eddie Griffin attacked a member of his audience at a comedy club in Pleasanton, CA.
Here’s what went down:
A drunk Griffin sees a woman in the audience and labels her “rigid” as part of his act. Upon noticing that the woman is there with her partner Griffin pumps his groin in her face saying, “Oh, l see what’s going on here. You’re a LESBIAN. All you need is a GOOD-MAN!! …You won’t be needing any strap-on’s or vibrators with me.” Threatened, the woman throws a drink on him and they start to leave. Griffin then jumps on top of their table and begins pelting objects at the couple.
The couple wants an apology or they will file a lawsuit for emotional and physical damages against Griffin and the club.
Griffin stands by his actions. According to Laughspin Griffin’s camp states, “Eddie was doing his job… ALL races, religions, genders and stereotypes are considered equal on stage.” Well, great explanation, Eddie, but unfortunately this is the opposite of funny. I am a gay woman who loves comedy and I find this absolutely inappropriate. His actions were just short of a hate crime. They were unwelcome, unwanted and threatening, making the audience member a victim of Griffin’s sexual impropriety. The women have the right to an apology. If the comic still opts not to sacrifice his pride then they at least deserve compensation for the emotional trauma of having had Eddie Griffin get that close to their faces.
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