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Gay man awarded $1,000 for 'fifi' comment
CBC News ^ | October 12th, 2003

Posted on 10/13/2004 7:29:58 AM PDT by missyme

MONTREAL - A gay man who was called a "fifi" by a used car salesman has been awarded $1,000 by Quebec's Human Rights Tribunal.

The man's name can't be revealed because of a publication ban.

The man told the judge he felt dehumanized, humiliated and degraded by the comment, which happened in November 2001 at Roger Poirier Automobile in Sorel, about 70 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

The salesman, Marcel Bardier, used "discriminatory words in regard to [the complainant], by revealing his sexual orientation in hurtful and vexatious terms," wrote Judge Michele Pauze in her decision, according to the Montreal Gazette.

"Calling someone a `fifi' constitutes a scornful way of referring to homosexuals. The use of this term wounds and adds to the disgrace and lack of respect of human dignity a person [can suffer], homosexuals in particular."

In addition to the $1,000 in "moral damages," the car salesman and his employer must also pay interest and expenses.


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1 posted on 10/13/2004 7:29:58 AM PDT by missyme
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To: missyme

If the shoe fits...


2 posted on 10/13/2004 7:31:24 AM PDT by cwiz24 (Unnngh)
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To: missyme

Another keyword for the Morford list - "FIFI" ....

LQ


3 posted on 10/13/2004 7:32:17 AM PDT by LizardQueen
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To: All

I think it's an insult to fifi's and fido's to use there name for Gay men..


4 posted on 10/13/2004 7:32:34 AM PDT by missyme
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To: missyme

He had two lawyers. The fi for each was $500.


5 posted on 10/13/2004 7:33:36 AM PDT by kinsman redeemer (the real enemy seeks to devour what is good)
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To: missyme

This is how civil wars begin to form.


6 posted on 10/13/2004 7:34:12 AM PDT by Porterville (NEED SOME WOOD?)
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To: missyme

That is sooooooo gay! :P


7 posted on 10/13/2004 7:34:49 AM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: Porterville

What if he was called a "Sissy" Civil Wars for girlie men?


8 posted on 10/13/2004 7:35:31 AM PDT by missyme
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To: missyme
Vexatious litigation

Vexatious litigation is that which is brought, regardless of its merits (usually it has none) solely to harass or subdue an adversary. It may take the form of a primary frivolous lawsuit or may be the repetitive, burdensome and unwarranted filing of meritless motions in a matter which is otherwise a meritorious cause of action. It is an abuse of the judicial process and almost always brings down sanctions on the offender.

Repeated and severe instances by a single lawyer can result in his disbarment.

In some jurisdictions there is also a list of vexatious litigants, generally people who have repeatedly abused the legal system and who choose to represent themselves rather than employ a lawyer. Those on the list are in general forbidden from any further legal action. The process by which a person is added to the list varies between jurisdictions.

9 posted on 10/13/2004 7:37:24 AM PDT by kinsman redeemer (the real enemy seeks to devour what is good)
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To: missyme

I guess he would have thrown a hissy fit if I'd have called him a limp-wristed bone smuggler?


10 posted on 10/13/2004 7:46:29 AM PDT by gunnygail (Founding member of the VRWC. --Black Helo crewman. (I operate the Liberal tinfoil hat scanner.)
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To: missyme

ok then..POLE SMOKER


11 posted on 10/13/2004 7:48:04 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: missyme

What kind of car was "he" buying?


12 posted on 10/13/2004 7:48:38 AM PDT by Dallas59 (I'm a "Scumbag" who has been "Intimidating" the Press since 2003!)
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To: gunnygail
Or gotten a cool million or so if he called him 'Hanes Grazer'?
13 posted on 10/13/2004 7:50:18 AM PDT by 45semi (Man has only those rights he can defend...)
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To: 45semi

LOL!

How about:

"Fisher of Pants Perch..."


14 posted on 10/13/2004 7:52:18 AM PDT by gunnygail (Founding member of the VRWC. --Black Helo crewman. (I operate the Liberal tinfoil hat scanner.)
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To: gunnygail

Turd Burglar.


15 posted on 10/13/2004 7:55:39 AM PDT by GaltMeister (I'm just a Pajamahadeen cog in the wheels of the VRWC.)
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To: gunnygail

I suppose you can't have a Juice Bar in Montreal and call it the
"Fruit Stand"


16 posted on 10/13/2004 8:06:18 AM PDT by missyme
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To: missyme
fifi-fo-fum. I smell the blood of a girlie-mun!

No more Jack and the Beanstalk in Quebec.

17 posted on 10/13/2004 8:08:38 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: LizardQueen
"fifi" is not insulting to monosexuals, it is insulting to everyone - if they know its meaning: F*cking Idiot, F*cking Idiot.

To be referred to as a "fi" is bad, but you have to go out of your way to called a "fifi".

Pardon my French, but this is a story from Canada, our northern most state.

18 posted on 10/13/2004 8:15:53 AM PDT by ImProudToBeAnAmerican (Bill raped, Monica swallowed, Hillary totally sucks.)
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To: missyme

They should award the money to the guy who said "fifi."


19 posted on 10/13/2004 8:19:41 AM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: missyme

One time .. at band camp .. this guy said .. 'dude, don't be such a f*g'. I want $$ and I want it now!


20 posted on 10/13/2004 8:19:46 AM PDT by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: missyme

Coming soon to a country near you....namely this one.

Guess I'll just have to be sued since no one cares that my morals and dignity are offended by these broken folk.

I mean, gays suck.


21 posted on 10/13/2004 8:19:57 AM PDT by Adder (Can we bring back stoning again? Please?)
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican

How come most people name there beloved pet doggies fifi??


22 posted on 10/13/2004 8:20:50 AM PDT by missyme
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To: missyme
The man told the judge he felt dehumanized, humiliated and degraded by the comment,

What a fag.

23 posted on 10/13/2004 8:22:16 AM PDT by brewcrew
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To: missyme; Admin Moderator; Sidebar Moderator
Already posted here two days ago with 50+ replies

Exact same title and punctuation, even, so there's no excuse for missing it with a "search" -- especially when a search for "fifi" would hardly turn up too many hits to read... Please, people, duplicate threads are a waste of everyone's time. Just bump the original, so everyone can discuss it on the same thread.

24 posted on 10/13/2004 8:25:43 AM PDT by Ichneumon ("...she might as well have been a space alien." - Bill Clinton, on Hillary, "My Life", p. 182)
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To: missyme
How come most people name there beloved pet doggies fifi??

You mean those poor little poodle things? Fancy cats are what they are - yappie, snapping, annoying, pathetic, poor excuses for pets?

No real dog qualities there - man's best friend? Not!

C'mon - get a real dog!

Fifi - yea, that's a fair description.

25 posted on 10/13/2004 8:27:32 AM PDT by ImProudToBeAnAmerican (Bill raped, Monica swallowed, Hillary totally sucks.)
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican

I would name my dog Fifi and Po-po but since I have a Kitty it's just Zorro!


26 posted on 10/13/2004 8:29:50 AM PDT by missyme
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To: missyme
I would name my dog Fifi and Po-po but since I have a Kitty it's just Zorro!

Zorro is a perfect name for a cat - especially if he isn't de-clawed.

Our boxer's name is Roxy - great dog, never barks, wouldn't harm a flea - no little dog (Edwards littlehands) insecurities.

27 posted on 10/13/2004 8:34:15 AM PDT by ImProudToBeAnAmerican (Bill raped, Monica swallowed, Hillary totally sucks.)
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To: missyme
I suppose you can't have a Juice Bar in Montreal and call it the "Fruit Stand"

You are right for the wrong reason. In Montreal, the store sign would need to be in French. "Fruit Stand" is a combination of two English words, so it would be clearly illegal.

28 posted on 10/13/2004 8:37:42 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican

Unforunately Zorro is declawed :( I think he's never really recovered from it, as a male he I think feels a bit de-masculanized, I wouldn't do it again...

Roxy is a cool name last dog I had was "ernie" a great Golden Retreiver...

I think animals tend to act like there names maybe that's why Poodles are called Fifi's


29 posted on 10/13/2004 8:38:16 AM PDT by missyme
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To: missyme

I wonder how Fifi would feel if someone were to intimate he might wear a tutu? So so?


30 posted on 10/13/2004 9:11:46 AM PDT by OESY
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To: missyme

Thanks a lot. I just got done with some stupid harassment law training class ten minutes ago and then have to read about some stupid lawsuit by some thin skinned canadian mad because hewas called fifi.

I just about spweed pizza on my keyboard. Laughing so hard my Ashtma is kicking in.


31 posted on 10/13/2004 9:15:39 AM PDT by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: missyme

And if the gay man had called a straight person a "breeder", I am sure there would have been similar compensation for the straight person.


32 posted on 10/13/2004 10:15:43 AM PDT by Montfort
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