Siouxsie Thinks Lawsuit Over Mother-In-Law Jokes Was a Publicity Stunt

This comic had real legal problems.

Happy Mother’s Day!

A standup comic who was sued for making mother-in-law jokes has had the last laugh after a federal judge threw the case out of court.   (source)

Sunda Croonquist, whose shtick for years has been to describe her life as a half-black, half-Swedish woman who marries into a Jewish family, was sued two years ago after her mother-in-law, sister-in-law and brother-in-law said her jokes were holding them up to public ridicule.   (source)

This lawsuit is old news. (source)

If you ask Siouxsie, there is more to this story.  It appears that this lawsuit was nothing more than a publicity stunt.   The claims were absurd.  The jokes at issue were clearly within the protections of the First Amendment:

Many of the jokes, [the judge] said, were clearly statements of opinion and not fact and therefore protected by the First Amendment. The cat-in-heat joke, the judge said, quoting from a previous court decision, was “colorful, figurative rhetoric that reasonable minds would not take to be factual.”  (source)

Ms. Croonquist was never in any danger of losing the lawsuit.   And conveniently, Ms. Croonquist’s husband happens to be an attorney and his law firm represented the comedian.

So, as a result of this case, Ms. Croonquist is all over the news.   She was on the CNN, Today Show and ABC News.  She was written about by NY Post, Wall Street Journal, and Huffington Post (just to name a few).

It is the kind of publicity you cannot buy.  Ms. Croonquist denies that this litigation was a publicity stunt.  But Siouxsie isn’t buying it.

If the matter is appealed, then maybe we can start to believe that her in-laws were actually serious about pursuing these claims.  But Siouxsie  doesn’t think it will be.

This lawsuit was a scam.

Bonus Video:   Snippet from a documentary on Lenny.

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~ by siouxsielaw on May 9, 2010.

2 Responses to “Siouxsie Thinks Lawsuit Over Mother-In-Law Jokes Was a Publicity Stunt”

  1. I am sure that this was not a publicity stunt.

  2. YES! This suit was a publicity stunt. As soon as I read about it, that was my thought, too.

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