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Supreme Court overrules payout of $80,000 to black cinema goers after manager asked them to be quiet
Daily Mail UK ^ | March 3, 2011

Posted on 03/03/2011 11:30:10 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

A cinema manager was not being racist when he told a largely black audience to silence their cell phones and be quiet, Delaware's Supreme Court has ruled.

The court has overturned a judgment by the state's Human Relations Commission that 23 black cinema goers should each be awarded $1,500 for being told to be quiet by David Stewart.

Carmike 14 Theatre, in Dover, was told to make the payouts after 'insulting, humiliating and demeaning' patrons during a showing of the Tyler Perry movie Why Did I Get Married? in October 2007.

The movie theatre was sold-out and was showing the film on three different screens at the same time.

Mr Stewart, who is white, made the plea to keep the noise down before the screening in the main, largest theatre.

He was then followed out of the theatre by a patron, who told him his comments did not go down well.

Mr Stewart went back, explained that he didn't mean to offend anyone, but he had to make the announcement per the policy of the owner, Carmike Cinemas.

Juana Fuentes-Bowles, the director of Delaware’s Human Relations Division at the time, was in the audience and stood up and told the crowd that his remarks were racist.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Delaware
KEYWORDS: cinema; delaware; dover

1 posted on 03/03/2011 11:30:13 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

REPARATIONS——

Wherever they can find them.......


2 posted on 03/03/2011 11:31:44 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

O...M...G


3 posted on 03/03/2011 11:33:38 AM PST by goodnesswins (I'm not a great man....I just believe in great ideas! Ronald Reagan)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Juana Fuentes-Bowles, the director of Delaware’s Human Relations Division at the time, was in the audience and stood up and told the crowd that his remarks were racist.

It looks tome like Ms. Fragrant-Bowels is one of those morons who go around LOOKING for reasons to be offended. I'm SURE she's VERY good at he job...

4 posted on 03/03/2011 11:34:00 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
"Thats Racist!"


5 posted on 03/03/2011 11:34:13 AM PST by DeathBeforeDishonor1
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“The policy of telling customers to be quiet has since been discontinued.”
Wow. so people can do whatever they like in the theater? Why spend your hard earned money to hear some idiots conversation on his cell phone? Discontinuing the policy is a sure way to make sure nobody goes to their theaters.


6 posted on 03/03/2011 11:35:05 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

So, is it part of the culture to be obnoxious and rude in a theater?
Or is it just another way to needle “whitey”?


7 posted on 03/03/2011 11:35:50 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Chumps...all they would have received was $1500. The taxpayer-funded bonanza is in suing the USDA for billions as aggrieved Black “farmers,” most of whom have never seen a cow or a plow. The Sherrods have gotten tens of millions and she still has her cushy job at the USDA. That’s where the big bucks are.


8 posted on 03/03/2011 11:36:49 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Quieting cell phones in theatres is RACIST.

This damned racist ass deserves to have his children subjected to unfair discrimination in their school and college applications and such because of their skin color.

Just kidding! That would be ridiculous.


9 posted on 03/03/2011 11:37:50 AM PST by golux
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

>>Juana Fuentes-Bowles

Fire her for false accusations.


10 posted on 03/03/2011 11:40:15 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: wiggen
“The policy of telling customers to be quiet has since been discontinued.”

They would have been better off discontinuing their policy of showing Tyler Perry movies.

11 posted on 03/03/2011 11:40:55 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Meanwhile, back in Chicago, Jesse Jackson, Hero and Savior to all who are wronged racially, keeps a watchful eye from across the Atlantic in his Push Fortress of Solitude....

"I am deeply disturbed by the percipitude of prevading race-ee-el overtones"...

12 posted on 03/03/2011 11:40:55 AM PST by DeathBeforeDishonor1
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“The policy of telling customers to be quiet has since been discontinued.”

THIS LAST LINE should be more shocking than the rest of the article (including the group “fining” the manager collecting phone numbers to solicit them to file a complaint)


13 posted on 03/03/2011 11:41:28 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

However, despite the crowd shouting “We will not shut off our cell phones, you, white devil, you! And by the way where is our reparations for slavery”? the court felt the cinema owner was not entitled to any compensation.


14 posted on 03/03/2011 11:41:47 AM PST by lbryce (BHO:Satan's Evil Twin)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Try watching “Mississippi Burning” in 1988 at a theater in Florence, Alabama where 60 percent of the audience is African-American. A friend and his wife had the experience. He said,”They were really yelling back at the screen that night.” He said the audience was more entertaining than the movie. Not long after this Eddie Murphy had a skit on SNL about this cultural phenomenon.
15 posted on 03/03/2011 11:42:46 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

SInce when is asking a theater audience to be quiet a racist thing? This is idiotic. Being an asshole is colorblind and deserves such a colorblind response.


16 posted on 03/03/2011 11:43:38 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

None of these idiots have ever been taught anything resembling manners - check out “Hardcore Pawn” on TruTV. It’s about a gigantic pawn shop in Detroit - very informative if you’ve never seen that type of behavior.


17 posted on 03/03/2011 11:43:45 AM PST by dainbramaged (If you want a friend, get a pit bull.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

While I agree due to all this nonsense over obnoxious behavior...

Just watched that movie “Meet the Brown’s” this past weekend and it was a pretty good movie! Not a huge fan of Tyler Perry, or Angela Bassett for that matter, but the movie itself was decent.


18 posted on 03/03/2011 11:46:09 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
“Juana Fuentes-Bowles, the director of Delaware’s Human Relations Division at the time, was in the audience and stood up and told the crowd that his remarks were racist.”

Of course they were racist, if you expect people to be quiet and follow the rules of the theater that they spend $10-15 on and expected to hear, and the offender were, say, African-American, then you are clearly racist.

As Eric Holder says, you cannot understand what “His People” have endured, even when they misbehave in movie theaters.

A continent in utter despair, islands in utter chaos and cities in unimaginable disrepair and financial crisis for a culture that produces nothing.

Do the math, it's an easy equation for most people to arrive at the politically incorrect answer.

19 posted on 03/03/2011 11:46:09 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The court has overturned a judgment by the state's Human Relations Commission that 23 black cinema goers should each be awarded $1,500 for being told to be quiet by David Stewart.....

.....Juana Fuentes-Bowles, the director of Delaware’s Human Relations Division at the time, was in the audience
and stood up and told the crowd that his remarks were racist.

In other circles, this is known as extortion and racketeering.

20 posted on 03/03/2011 11:46:16 AM PST by Lazamataz (Scott Walker: Please FIRE.... then APPOINT... then VOTE.)
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To: MrB

Don’t you know that a lot of them park in no parking fire zones at Wal-Mart, grocery stores and so on, it is a right.


21 posted on 03/03/2011 11:47:33 AM PST by boomop1
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To: WayneS

I bet a great job is awaiting for Ms. Fragrant-Bowels in Mr.Holder’s “just us” department.


22 posted on 03/03/2011 11:47:45 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The movie house management should have the capability of pausing the film at any time and flashing a QUIET! message on the screen. Then nobody can complain about being singled out.


23 posted on 03/03/2011 11:48:30 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Secret Agent Man

This is precisely why I REFUSE to ever patronize the Newport Cinema theaters in Jersey City. People bring their little children into Rated-R movies, and seem to have no problem with blabbing on their cellphones, and screaming at the screen as well. Once, my old roommate politely asked a woman to keep quiet so he could enjoy the show. Instead he was met with a half an hour of heckles such as: “YOU STFU, Motha f’a!, I hatechu! I hatechu!” My mother will not even step foot in that mall anymore because the last time we went to the theater it was so loud that she demanded her money back.


24 posted on 03/03/2011 11:49:10 AM PST by Seamus Mc Gillicuddy (Say Nope To The Hope Dope in '12!!!!!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Call the Amber Lamps!


25 posted on 03/03/2011 11:53:12 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance
Call the Amber Lamps!


26 posted on 03/03/2011 11:55:11 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Seamus Mc Gillicuddy

I haven’t been to a theater in years. Perfectly fine to wait for the very small number of things I’d even care to see, to get to DVD and watch them at home.


27 posted on 03/03/2011 12:00:13 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
I haven’t been to a theater in years. Perfectly fine to wait for the very small number of things I’d even care to see, to get to DVD and watch them at home.

Ditto. When you add in the cost of snacks and gasoline plus the stress caused by ill-mannered theatergoers like the ones in this story, you save both in cost and aggravation by watching a DVD in the comfort of home.
28 posted on 03/03/2011 12:10:57 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Seamus Mc Gillicuddy
Instead he was met with a half an hour of heckles such as: “YOU STFU, Motha f’a!, I hatechu! I hatechu!”

That's the typical demeanor of that demographic. The last one that called me a MF ended up with a face full of pepperspray.

29 posted on 03/03/2011 12:11:49 PM PST by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Good thing the award was overturned, before 15,000 blacks claimed they were in the audience that night.


31 posted on 03/03/2011 12:26:19 PM PST by Shimmer1 (When life hands you lemons, ask for tequila and salt.)
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To: boomop1

Don’t you know that a lot of them park in no parking fire zones at Wal-Mart, grocery stores and so on, it is a right
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = == = = = = = =

Don’t see what the problem with that is, I had my blinkers on......sarc/////.


32 posted on 03/03/2011 12:31:44 PM PST by xrmusn ((6/98)Knowledge is knowing tomato is a fruit - Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
What idiots empower a commission to levy fines if people are "insulted or demeaned"? Isn't levying fines a function of courts?

This lunacy puts me in mind of the Calgary Human Rights Commission pursuit of various columnists for telling the truth about Muslims. Too bad we have that same silliness here.

33 posted on 03/03/2011 12:38:56 PM PST by WarEagle (Can America survive a President named Hussein?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The poor misguided and ill-informed judge simply doesn’t realize that, in the modern era, whenever a White person so much as breathes in the presence of a Black, it’s due to racism.

And so, of course, to be compensated in dollars.


34 posted on 03/03/2011 12:40:33 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Carmike 14 Theatre, in Dover, was told to make the payouts after 'insulting, humiliating and demeaning' patrons during a showing of the Tyler Perry movie Why Did I Get Married? in October 2007.

Obamanomics at work.


35 posted on 03/03/2011 12:42:26 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“Mr Stewart, who is white, “
that’s all you need to know. The raucus moviegoers took one look at the manager and figured they had a case.


36 posted on 03/03/2011 12:43:50 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Liberalism is against human nature. Practicing liberalism is detrimental to your mental stability.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

You don’t know what we went thru in the 60’s,so that we
could talk back to the screen today-Eric “you people” Holder!


37 posted on 03/03/2011 12:50:50 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Lenny Henry is ‘Unsuitable Bloke’ :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z49kimpTBgU&feature=related


38 posted on 03/03/2011 1:13:40 PM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Totally true. I went to a theater in a predominantly black area of Baltimore when I was in college. The audience was 95% black in my estimation. I had never been to a movie where people were literally yelling at the screen. Pssst... it’s a movie, the actors on screen can’t hear you. But the audience sure did. Makes for a miserable movie-going experience.


39 posted on 03/03/2011 2:21:26 PM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks rightwingintelligentsia. Obama will of course condemn this judgment during his next State of the Union.


40 posted on 03/04/2011 7:48:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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Juana Fuentes-Bowles, the director of Delaware's Human Relations Division at the time, was in the audience and stood up and told the crowd that his remarks were racist.

41 posted on 03/04/2011 7:50:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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