Closing Arguments - The Kiss (3) - ALLY vs JACK
Of course, looks count.
Nobody's saying they don't.
She's an on-camera anchor.
Looks have to count. And look. Look at her.
This is an attractive woman,
and, the defendant admits, admits, was the finest journalist they had.
And they cut her loose because not enough people wanted to see her naked.
The justification? The public. America. The "land of idiots."
(People do read Entertainment Weekly.)
I don't know.
What I do know is that we have a sampling of the public
right here in this jury box.
So you tell us. They fired an Emmy Award-winning anchor
on the premise that the public is a bunch of idiots
who would rather see Playboy models
covering amputee transvestites kissing midgets.
Well, I'm sorry that,
if that's how they regard the public,
if that's what they think of you and you and you and you and you,
then I guess we shouldn't be too surprised
that they disregarded Barbara Cooker.
You're the public. Be heard.
She didn't get fired for being old.
She was discharged because she was no longer
capable of performing the functions of her job.
Like it or not,
in this day of remote control and five zillion channels,
one function of the anchorwoman is to be physically arresting.
Pretty enough to make the channel surfer stop right there
and say, "Ooh. "
The job is different today.
The job function is different.
It's a reality. Do I like it?
Am I happy to be living in a world that prioritizes beauty over content?
Look at me. I was the fat boy who had to take his own sister to the prom.
I have acquired a mustache
because my friends told me the more face I could cover, the better.
But that's the real world.
In every walk of life, lawyers, journalists, secretaries,
pudgy teenagers looking to get one lousy date, looks matter.
You want to punish my client for that reality?
I suppose you could.
But they're not responsible.
And you know that.
Has the jury reached its verdict?
Juror: We have.
Judge: What say you?
In the matter of Cooker versus WKZN Television,
we find for the plaintiff and order the defendant
to pay damages in the amount of $930,000.
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