Audience participation is a staple of the Blue Man Group. But apparently, one audience member attending the Chicago show believes cast members took their surreal antics too far by forcing a video camera down his throat during a performance in October 2006.
James Srodon of California filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the group.
In the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court, Srodon says the Blue Man actors used the “esophagus cam” to project an image of Srodon’s mouth and throat onto a large screen for the audience’s amusement.
The lawsuit alleges the Blue Man actors circled him, held his neck and arms and “forced his head back” to insert the camera. It claims he was restrained from removing the camera from his mouth.
“At the time the ‘esophagus cam’ was inserted into plaintiff’s mouth, it was covered in food, liquid and grime from the Briar Street Theatre floor, including the thick blue paint used to cover the actors’ faces,” the lawsuit said.
Srodon, who contends that the camera injured his mouth, throat and dental work, is asking for more than $50,000 for “battery, negligence, and negligent infliction of emotional distress”.
Another Point Of View:
Oh please. I’ve seen this show three times – they don’t actually shove the thing down the person’s throat. It is pre-recorded footage that you see. He probably already had messed up dental work and figures he can get a fat payday out of this. BMG will probably drop this gag from their shows because of this jerk.
Well, it will all shake out in court, I guess.
Hat tip: Crime Scene KC