According to legal documents obtained by Variety, 21-year-old George St. George claims he and his friend were barred from entering Shlesinger’s Nov. 13 standup show titled Girls Night With Iliza—No Boys Allowed.
The plaintiff said he and his friend had purchased tickets for the event held at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles. George allegedly retrieved his ticket from will call, but was informed by an employee that he and his buddy would have to sit in the back row “because of their sex.” George says he was turned away and offered a refund once the venue began letting ticket-holders in.
George called the incident “repugnant” and likened his experience to those of black Americans prior to the Civil Rights Movement. The complaint is pretty amusing, as it includes a number of exaggerated and dramatic claims. The suit also begins with a quote from George Orwell’s allegorical novella Animal Farm: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” (Cue the collective eye-roll.)
George argues that the women-only show violated California law, specifically the Unruh Civil Rights Act as well as the state’s business and professions code.
“The Girls Night With Iliza—No Boys Allowed show repudiated hundreds of years of women’s struggles to be viewed as being equal to men and is typical of old-fashioned sexism that might also advise a young woman that her best chance for a happy life is to ace her home economics class and learn how to make a queso dip from Velveeta to catch a good man,” the suit reads in part. “[T]he show discontent, animosity, harm, resentment, or envy among the sexes, constituted arbitrary, unreasonable, and/or invidious discrimination, constituted a willful and malicious injury to Plaintiff, and contravened California’s historic effort to eradicate sex discrimination.”
Variety also reports that George, unsurprisingly, has filed multiple “ladies nights” cases in the past.