Comedy Festival to Charge White, Straight Men More Than LBGT, Women, and People of Color


Women, people of color, and people who identify as LGBT will be treated to discounted tickets at the upcoming Cinder Block Comedy Festival in New York City, while straight white men have to pay more to attend.

Straight white men are being asked to pay $25 and must wait until March 15 before they can purchase festival tickets. Meanwhile, “women, LGBT and people of color are able to take part in the month long Early Bird submissions from February 15- March 14th 2016 for a discounted rate of $19.25 (77 cents on the dollar for the regular $25 rate),” the festival’s GoFundMe page says.

Early Bird Submissions are NOW OPEN for the Cinder Block Comedy Festival.$19.25 is the fee (77 cents on the dollar from…

Posted by Cinder Block Comedy Festival on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

“The 77 cents to the dollar is definitely a political statement,” event organizer Coree Spencer told The Daily Dot. “Originally that 77-cent discount was supposed to be just for women in the early stages. As I was doing a little more research and kind of growing as a human being, I realized that that discount should be extended out to other groups that I want to be part of it [in order] to create the festival that I want.”

Spencer seeks to promote reverse “wage gap” economics at her festival to combat what she calls the straight, white male-control comedy circuit. The festival also unapologetically advertises its unequal pricing scale in a video.

Spencer also said she may charge straight, white males more to attend the event, a decision that would be in direct violation of New York’s anti-discrimination law.

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