Trials & Litigation
Mother-in-Law Sues Over Comedian’s Jokes
Posted Aug 26, 2009 9:22 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
To Ruth Zafrin, her comedian daughter-in-law’s jokes are no laughing matter.
Zafrin has sued comedian Sunda Croonquist, alleging her jokes are defamatory because they make Zafrin out to be a racist, according to stories in the New Jersey Law Journal, the Associated Press and the New York Post. Other plaintiffs are Zafrin’s daughter and son-in-law.
Croonquist's mother is black and father is Swedish. She grew up Roman Catholic, but converted to Judaism when she married real-estate lawyer Mark Zafrin, according to the Post. A lawyer from Mark Zafrin’s law firm—Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Greenberg, Formato & Einiger in New York—is representing Croonquist.
AP highlights this joke by Croonquist about her mother-in-law’s reaction to her pregnancy: ''OK, now that we know you're having a little girl I want to know what you're naming that little tchotchke. Now we don't want a name that's difficult to pronounce like Shaniqua. We're thinking a name short but delicious. Like Hadassah or Goldie.''