Baby, It's Stupid Outside
Wherein the Wicked Witch Confesses to Being Over Youth & Stupidity,
and Embraces Old Age & Treachery.
- Freedom of Speech is not absolute, BUT banning art because it makes you uncomfortable is, at best, a pussy move, and at worst, eradicates art's most important purpose--to make you think!
- Freedom of Speech is not absolute, BUT when you employ the term "hate speech" or "abusive" to art you are stupidly neglecting the concept of the slippery slope. You might have the power to ban someones speech today, but when the political climate shifts, as it always does, those same people can say the same about YOUR speech/art, tomorrow. 'wiggle your way out of that one, I dare you.
- Freedom of Speech is not absolute, BUT, it tells us who is who and what they think. I, for one, am happy to know that a bunch of alt.right freakazoids are milling around Charlottesville. I won't be visiting there any time soon. Likewise Wisconsin, North Carolina & Michigan won't be getting my travel dollars or my purchasing power until they clean up their act. Why? Because free speech allowed them to reveal themselves. I don't want to share an uber with West Virginia's answer to Alex Jones, and because of free speech, I can find out who thinks in a way so contrary to my own values, that I can avoid this.
- Freedom of Speech is not absolute, BUT, it allows a neat little thing called choice. If you think "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is abusive, change the motherfucking station! Personally I am offended that Toby Keith even exists, let alone the anthem "Red Solo Cup" is played on the radio. I can't listen to rape rap, either, but the solution is not banning. It is changing the channel--not buying songs or from artists who dismay you, or, better yet, open up dialogue to discuss what the issue is, and why certain sentiments pervade.
- Freedom of Speech is not absolute, BUT, I am fond of the two age old adages,
Your freedom of expression goes as far as your fist connecting with my nose.