biracial comedienne sued
August 27, 2009 by tiffdjones
By her mother-in-law! I sure wouldn’t want to be at their Hanukkah celebration this year.
Legal News ExaminerWilliam Pfeifer, Jr.
AP Photo/Matt Sayles
Sunda Croonquist, a comedienne whose comedy routine often includes jokes about her family, has been served with prime new material that she probably won’t use.
Croonquist has been sued by her mother-in-law over her mother-in-law jokes.
The lawsuit against Croonquist alleges that Croonquist made false, defamatory, and racist jokes about her mother-in-law, Ruth Zafrin. Zafrin is joined in the lawsuit by her daughter, Shelley Edelman, and Edelman’s husband, Neil. In the lawsuit, they demand that Croonquist remove the offensive statements from her website, comedy routines, and recordings.
Croonquist, the biracial child of a Swedish father and an African-American mother, married into a Jewish family. She asserts she is clearly not an anti-semite because she converted to Judaism before even meeting her Jewish husband.
Croonquist states that she will drop the allegedly offensive jokes from her comedy routine, but she flatly refuses to pay any monetary damages.