Comic sues improv group for 'reverse gender discrimination' after rape allegations

Aaron Glaser, a long time member of the comedy improv group Upright Citizens Brigade, is suing the organization for reverse gender discrimination after unproven allegations of rape in 2016 got him fired.

The accusers were anonymous and to this day, Glaser doesn't know who they are. But the allegations were enough that the board of the comedy troupe fired him.

His federal suit claims that the group should lose federal funding for discriminating against him because he is a white male.

New York Post:

“Mr. Glaser firmly believes that there was a gender bias at UCB” — whose mantra is “Believe all women,” his suit says.

Glaser hosted sold-out monthly stand-up shows until he was accused in August 2016 of drugging and raping at least two fellow comics.

He says he never even learned the identity of his accusers. One woman anonymously told the Web site Revelist that they had drinks together and then she woke up in his apartment having nonconsensual sex.

When Jasmine Pierce, a writer for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,’’ called Glaser a “rapist’’ on social media in August 2016, he slapped her with a $38 million lawsuit. He dropped that suit in September, telling Jezebel.com that he ran out of money.

The comic says he performed with UCB for nearly 10 years — until he was called into a meeting at its Midtown offices on Aug. 12, 2016. There, UCB Directors Shannon O’Neill and Alex Sidtis said, “In the past, people felt as though you have raped them,’’ Glaser claims in court papers.

O’Neill had “labeled Mr. Glaser a ‘privileged white man’ and decided that he must be guilty because he looks like other people who have been guilty of crimes in the past,” the suit says.

Glaser wasn’t questioned as part of the “sham investigation,’’ yet “somehow, I’ve been convicted of a very, very serious crime by what is literally a clown college,” he told The Post.

The comic says his ouster caused him to have a “mental breakdown.” Since then, Glaser also has “been unable to secure any comedy opportunities, and his employment prospects are close to nonexistent,” his lawyer, Mark Shirian, adds in the suit.

The residents of Salem, MA of the early 17th century would easily recognize what's happening today in America. Hysteria, lack of due process, anonymous accusers, racial and gender bias - all of this fortells a frightening future. Surely there are better ways to address the issue of sexual violence against women than this, which would treats victims and those accused with respect and an acknowledgment of rights. 

Glaser didn't deny the sexual encounter because he wasn't able to discern who was making the accusations. His fundamental rights to face his accusers was denied him apparently because he "looked like" other rapists and sexual abusers. If that is to be the standard of guilt in America going forward, men will possibly choose having relations with female sex bots rather than the real thing.

The attitude of the UCB does not empower women. It makes them tyrants. 

Aaron Glaser, a long time member of the comedy improv group Upright Citizens Brigade, is suing the organization for reverse gender discrimination after unproven allegations of rape in 2016 got him fired.

The accusers were anonymous and to this day, Glaser doesn't know who they are. But the allegations were enough that the board of the comedy troupe fired him.

His federal suit claims that the group should lose federal funding for discriminating against him because he is a white male.

New York Post:

“Mr. Glaser firmly believes that there was a gender bias at UCB” — whose mantra is “Believe all women,” his suit says.

Glaser hosted sold-out monthly stand-up shows until he was accused in August 2016 of drugging and raping at least two fellow comics.

He says he never even learned the identity of his accusers. One woman anonymously told the Web site Revelist that they had drinks together and then she woke up in his apartment having nonconsensual sex.

When Jasmine Pierce, a writer for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,’’ called Glaser a “rapist’’ on social media in August 2016, he slapped her with a $38 million lawsuit. He dropped that suit in September, telling Jezebel.com that he ran out of money.

The comic says he performed with UCB for nearly 10 years — until he was called into a meeting at its Midtown offices on Aug. 12, 2016. There, UCB Directors Shannon O’Neill and Alex Sidtis said, “In the past, people felt as though you have raped them,’’ Glaser claims in court papers.

O’Neill had “labeled Mr. Glaser a ‘privileged white man’ and decided that he must be guilty because he looks like other people who have been guilty of crimes in the past,” the suit says.

Glaser wasn’t questioned as part of the “sham investigation,’’ yet “somehow, I’ve been convicted of a very, very serious crime by what is literally a clown college,” he told The Post.

The comic says his ouster caused him to have a “mental breakdown.” Since then, Glaser also has “been unable to secure any comedy opportunities, and his employment prospects are close to nonexistent,” his lawyer, Mark Shirian, adds in the suit.

The residents of Salem, MA of the early 17th century would easily recognize what's happening today in America. Hysteria, lack of due process, anonymous accusers, racial and gender bias - all of this fortells a frightening future. Surely there are better ways to address the issue of sexual violence against women than this, which would treats victims and those accused with respect and an acknowledgment of rights. 

Glaser didn't deny the sexual encounter because he wasn't able to discern who was making the accusations. His fundamental rights to face his accusers was denied him apparently because he "looked like" other rapists and sexual abusers. If that is to be the standard of guilt in America going forward, men will possibly choose having relations with female sex bots rather than the real thing.

The attitude of the UCB does not empower women. It makes them tyrants.