'Corner Gas' creator and stand-up comedian Brent Butt has drawn a line between heckling and sexual harassment. According to him, one tenet is part of the job and the other activity never should be.
In response to Jen Grant's recent account of being an "Ottawa comic who was sexually harassed on-stage," Butt tweets "most female comics get [sexually threatened] within their first week," often starting on "Day 1." However, he also notes a gender divide, and says he has never received sexual threats from audience members once in his 28-year career.
The 48-year-old continues, writing, "Heaven forbid, if a female comic ever finally gets fed up with this repetitive, vile, hostile, garbage, there's always some dim ***hole who's quick to tell her she's being 'too sensitive.'" Butt prefaced his statement by citing his anger at the backlash Grant and other female comics are facing as a result of taking a stand against harassment.
Ok...I got a little angry & couldn't fit it in a tweet, so I put it here: pic.twitter.com/dtxzgNGWda— Brent Butt (@BrentButt) May 23, 2015
Butt's support for Grant and other female comics has been retweeted over 5,600 times since he posted his take on Saturday.
Other comedians, including Jonathan Torrens, Daryn Jones and HuffPost Canada commentator Ed the Sock have also weighed in:
@BrentButt Yeah, what he said. Next time a guy like that sez something like that, need guys in crowd to shut him up w/extreme prejudice.— Ed the Sock (@EdtheSock) May 25, 2015
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