No Suit for You!
A New York judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit filed by Kenny Kramer, the real-life inspiration for Seinfeld’s Kramer, who’d claimed another comic falsely depicted him as a gay-basher.
Kramer sued fellow comic Fred Stoller over a passage in his book that described Kramer’s Seinfeld-themed bus tours in a negative light — especially guides shouting “not that there’s anything wrong with that!” in a predominantly gay area of Manhattan. Kramer said he lost business because of the book, but judge Barbara Jaffe disagreed, writing, “The phrase expressly conveys the notion that there is nothing wrong with being gay. In that respect, it cannot be considered homophobic.”
In one Seinfeld episode, Jerry and George Costanza are mistaken for gay lovers by a reporter, who writes a story saying that — leading the two characters to deny it, while constantly saying “not that there’s anything wrong” with the idea.
Source: New York Post