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Subj: Re: So, I See That People still Don't Seem To Understand Free Speech And What Free Speech Means. Kathy Griffin And Bill Maher.
Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 at 09:11:57 am EDT (Viewed 205 times)
Reply Subj: So, I See That People still Don't Seem To Understand Free Speech And What Free Speech Means. Kathy Griffin And Bill Maher.
Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 at 05:44:25 pm EDT (Viewed 255 times)

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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.

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!

Mostly agreed, but I really don't see a big difference in what she did. Yes, it was extreme, but not really different. It was still performance art. It just wasn't funny, or at best dark humour.

But yes, part of the whole free speech thing is that you have to suffer the consequences of your speech.

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