Quote: I'm so used to putting spoilers in my posts, that I almost did this time as well. Lol. But this pertains to the recent controversies regarding Kathy Griffin and Bill Maher. As many of us know, the two of them have taken quite a lot of flack regarding some choice words that the two of them have said. And they got in trouble for it, and you have people coming out of the woodwork saying that this is a threat to free speech, or what about free speech? First of all, I agree that our culture has become too PC, and I hate it. I really don't have a problem with what Bill Maher said, especially since it's a joke. Bill and I are on opposite sides politically, but I still like him and watch the show. But people were uncomfortable with it, and he suffered some backlash. Fine! That is not a free speech issue, that's just other people using THEIR own Free Speech back.
Quote: The Kathy Griffin thing was different, as that's not really SPEECH, per se! Now I hate Trump too, and I hope that he gets impeached. But it was still a stupid and inappropriate thing to do. There's a BIIIIIG difference between making fun of Trump (Stephen Colbert.), or insulting and mocking him (Robert De Niro.), and what she did. It's not just pertaining to the President, it would pertain to ANY person! So she's suffering the consequences for that, as she should. And she got fired from her job at CNN and a few other gigs (I believe.). But of course there are some people out there who are saying that free speech is under attack, and that this is a Free Speech issue. Businesses also have freedom of ASSOCIATION, as do most employers. That means that they can disassociate from paying someone whose views they don't care for, or who will cause them negative publicity. It's really not to difficult to understand, but for some reason, everytime something like this happens (I remember this happening with Dr. Laura, I believe.), you have the usual ignorant people come out and do this. Sigh!
...don't get me wrong the RIGHT I usually find more often in the wrong. But there seems to be a case of the overly left being overly PC and actually trying to tell others what they can and cannot say (recent College riots for example), but they have no problem when one of their own gets out of line.
Bill is fine...he really gets rough but nothing to really take a closer look at. What she dis was over the line...it wasn't hate speech it was more and hence she got a visit from the Secret Service. No legal action will be taken against her most likely because she wasn't truly calling for his death...but she has to face the executioner herself now and accept she has been "axed" from her job.
I know Obama suffered a lot of slander and even some hate speech...but I am not sure there were actual networks and comedians on the tv dismembering him.
Self-disclosure: I am a hardcore Libertarian, so I'm all for freedom of speech and freedom of expression. However, a lot of those comments don't seem to understand (Or overlook.) that OTHER people have free speech also, some of those other people being executives and studio presidents. Besides, if CNN HAS to keep her on just because she has free speech, that would be FORCING them to pay and associate with her. Now whether CNN, etc, SHOULD can Kathy is a different issue (I think that they should. If for no other reason than that she seems to be blaming other people.), but I'm still baffled that we have the same people come out and throw out "Free Speech" and the "First Amendment." whenever a celebrity gets in trouble for saying or doing something controversial. And the sad thing is that I think that the majority of people don't understand how free speech works either.
As for Bill Maher, I saw the clip of the segment/show, and he was clearly joking. So, people are really getting worked up over nothing. Still, it was not an appropriate word to use, and hopefully Maher will be more careful in the future. HBO will hopefully keep his show. If they do cancel him because of that (And it's a safe bet that they won't.), well, it is still their network. So, yes, it's being overblown, but that's just the kind of stuff that happens when you speak in public.