Negative action

We know affirmative action is a bad thing, right? At least we keep being told so. “People must be selected on merit, not having the right genitalia.”

What about negative action? Is that a bad thing?

Like that applied to Jenny Collier for example?


Haslemere Thursday 15th May – cancelled

7 March 2014 17:32

Hi Jenny

I’m really sorry but the venue has decided they don’t want too many women on the bill and unfortunately we need to take you out of this one. We hope that this doesn’t cause any inconvenience.

Oh no, of course it doesn’t. How could it possibly cause any inconvenience to be “taken out” of a gig you were scheduled to do, on the grounds that the venue doesn’t want “too many” of you pesky women?

No, it’s totally understandable. Don’t forget: women aren’t funny.


  1. chigau (違う) says

    “the venue” has decided?
    wtf does that even mean?
    Who made the decision?

  2. AsqJames says

    @ Lou Doench,

    The venue may be this place. Other than the seemingly regular compere, I don’t think the bill has been announced. Though Jason Manford (a pretty successful UK comic who can probably make good on this) has tweeted “we should sue Jen! I’ll back you up financially to sue those fuckers!”

  3. johnthedrunkard says

    Who is Jenny Collier? What venue? A bill of…?

    I can indirectly deduce that she’s a comedian who was dropped from a specific performance for idiotic reasons? I would hope that everyone but Andrew Dice Clay would agree to boycott the promoters. The bland, uncomprehending awfulness of that note!

  4. rnilsson says

    Now, if Jenjen had been A Boy Named Sue, they might’ve found they had a Krisis on their Bill.
    Except for the comedy.

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