Barbers Sue Over Barbershop

Earlier this week, it was reported that a group

of barbers and beauticians were threatening to sue Reverends Jesse Jackson and

Al Sharpton for negative statements made by the two about the movie “Barbershop.”

The group claims the statements allegedly drove customers away.

On Monday, the National Association of Cosmetologists

(NAC) filed a $60 million lawsuit against the two men. It accuses Jackson and

Sharpton of “intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, and negligence”

stemming from their demand for apologies from MGM, which produced the high earning

film. “Barbershop” grossed over $71 million at the box office in seven

weeks of release.

All this comes after the two Reverends threatened

the studio with a boycott for scenes ridiculing Martin Luther King, Jr. and

Rosa Parks and demanded the scenes be removed from the movie starring Ice Cube

and Cedric the Entertainer. MGM refused to cut the scenes.

James Stern, Chief Executive of NAC, which represents

over 50,000 barbers and beauticians, said the threat to boycott the film and

other remarks created a negative public sentiment about the profession, resulting

in a loss of business. Stern continued to say, “By threatening to boycott

MGM studios, they put a black eye to our subject matter of barbers and cosmetologists

in the state of California.”

Sharpton responded by saying he had not received

a copy of the lawsuit and called the allegations ridiculous. “Every movie

critic would get sued,” he said. “We haven’t addressed their

business. I addressed the film.”