I’m assuming as much, considering that the state human rights commission had time to take this seriously:
The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled that a movie theater manager’s silence mandate during a 2007 screening of Tyler Perry‘sWhy Did I Get Married? didn’t violate the state’s equal accommodation laws.
Before the movie began, theater manager David Stewart, who is white, decided to instruct the crowd to be quiet. Stewart was then followed out of the theater by a patron, who told Stewart that comments were not well taken. So Stewart went back, explaining he didn’t mean to offend anyone, but he had to make the announcement per the policy of theater owner Carmike Cinemas.
Unfortunately for Stewart and the theater, one of those in attendance was Juana Fuentes-Bowles, director of Delaware’s Human Relations Division. She stood up and told everyone that Stewart’s comments were racist. Later, her office conducted a hearing and found that Stewart’s conduct violated the state’s equal accommodation law. Each of the 23 complainants were awarded $1,500 in damages for being told to be quiet during the movie.
A Superior Court then reversed the decision, and now the state’s Supreme Court has affirmed the reversal.
According to Supreme Court Justice Jack Jacobs, the theater-goers failed to establish evidence of racial discrimination. The judge accepted testimony by Stewart that his comments were not motivated by race as Stewart evidently would have equally told teenagers to shut up during a screening of Halloween.
I wish someone had awarded me $1,500.00 for sitting through The Ugly Truth.