Skip to comments.Supreme Court overrules payout of $80,000 to black cinema goers after manager asked them to be quiet
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 Delawares Human Relations Division at the time, was in the audience and stood up and told the crowd that his remarks were racist.
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Wherever they can find them.......
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...
“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.
So, is it part of the culture to be obnoxious and rude in a theater?
Or is it just another way to needle “whitey”?
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.
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.
Fire her for false accusations.
They would have been better off discontinuing their policy of showing Tyler Perry movies.
"I am deeply disturbed by the percipitude of prevading race-ee-el overtones"...
“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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In other circles, this is known as extortion and racketeering.
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.
I bet a great job is awaiting for Ms. Fragrant-Bowels in Mr.Holder’s “just us” department.
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.
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.
Call the Amber Lamps!
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.
That's the typical demeanor of that demographic. The last one that called me a MF ended up with a face full of pepperspray.
Good thing the award was overturned, before 15,000 blacks claimed they were in the audience that night.
Dont 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
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Don’t see what the problem with that is, I had my blinkers on......sarc/////.
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.
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.
“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.
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!
Lenny Henry is ‘Unsuitable Bloke’ :
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.
Thanks rightwingintelligentsia. Obama will of course condemn this judgment during his next State of the Union.
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.