Marlon Wayans Condemns CA Court Decision to Reopen Cleveland Case
Marlon Wayans is going back under a legal microscope for comparing a man to the “Family Guy” character Cleveland Brown a few years back … and he ain’t happy about it.
We ran into the comedian and actor Monday at LAX, where we got his thoughts on a potentially momentous decision by the CA Supreme Court to reexamine a lower court’s 2015 ruling that he did NOT do anything wrong with the viral burn.
You’ll recall … while filming for the movie, “A Haunted House 2,” Marlon tweeted that Pierre Daniel — an extra in the flick — looked like a dead ringer for Cleveland.
Pierre sued Marlon and the production company for the move shortly thereafter, claiming that not only had Marlon racially harassed him with the tweet … but he also allegedly made a habit of roasting him on the set, which he says caused him great harm.
At the time, a judge said that Pierre did, in fact, look like Cleveland … and, more importantly, that Marlon’s antics were protected free speech. An appellate court upheld that ruling in 2017, saying Marlon’s tweet was kosher if that was his creative process as a comic.
Now … the CA Supreme Court has weighed in, telling the robes below them to reconsider.
He tells us that if you’re coming to work with a comedian, you gotta be ready for the jokes to fly — it’s what he does for a living, after all. MW also says this could possibly keep comics in courthouses forever going forward … suggesting it amounts to censorship.
Marlon even says this Pierre fella should be thanking him for putting him on the map … and “upgrading” him beyond just an extra in a movie. We’ll let him explain for himself.