QUEBEC: Comedian refuses to pay $35,000 for joke about disabled boy

The Quebec Court of Appeal on Thursday upheld a previous decision that ordered Mike Ward to pay $35,000 to Jérémy Gabriel.

Comedian Mike Ward can’t get away with saying whatever he wants “under the guise of comedy,” the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday, upholding a previous decision that ordered him to pay $35,000 to a disabled boy he mocked.

But an adamant Ward quickly responded to the ruling in a social media statement, saying he once again refuses to pay and intends to bring the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

“Comedy is not a crime,” Ward wrote. “I’m telling you right now. I would rather go to prison than pay one-tenth of this stupid fine.”