Wait...What?! Defend censorship? Yes, hear me out before you go all keyboard warrior.
There has been a lot of spirited debate lately about freedom of speech. DBCowboy has made a few excellent threads on the topic each with over 400
comments and 1 with over 1500 comments. Nice job DB!
In Defense of Stephen Colbert
Another College, another speaker, another cry for censorship
Congratulations! Ann Colture Finally Silenced On Berkeley Campus
Are You Ready For Cinco De Milo
But reading through these threads it seems that people think that freedom of speech means you can say whatever you want wherever you want.
Among other things like freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, the first amendment says that congress shall make no law abridging your right
to freedom of speech. This means you are free to criticize the government without fear of retribution.
This freedom does not extend to your employer or private entities. Let me give you an example.
You are an employee at McDonald's. A customer walks in and you say "Whats up you ugly fat a$$, you want an extra large fry today?"
"But I was just using my freedom of speech" you cry as the manager shows you to the door.
McDonald's and other companies censor what their employees can say. Who here would defend that employees "free speech" if he were fired? I sure as
hell wouldn't. Being fired is what he deserves.
My point is censorship has its place. Everyone wants to be treated with respect and like my example, employers censor their employees. Some even have
scripts to read from to make sure customers are being treated with respect. You can say whatever you like but don't be surprised of the negative
consequence from these actions.
ATS censors us and we accept this simply by reading the T&C when signing up. The result is a place with mostly good conversations and debate. Ever
been to 4Chan? Some of the things said there are disgusting. That is what ATS would look like without these censors. They are a private organization
and can make whatever rules they want as a stipulation for using their product.
First of all, who gives a crap what this idiot says? If you were offended by his comment you must not have realized yet that Hollywood / the media are
all like this. They do things like this to stay cool among their peers, they have their liberal clique and if you aren't apart of it then watch out.
My solution, just don't watch! It's that simple. And yes, I know there is a double standard. There would be outrage, wall to wall coverage if
someone like Kid Rock said this about Obama or Hillary, like I said if you're not in the clique then watch out. Just don't watch!
I don't like the things that come out of celebrity liberals mouths, but I would stand by them 100% if the GOVERNMENT came after them.
On the other hand If CBS wants to fire him, or private citizens want to boycott him I don't give a crap, have at it. He made his bed now he'll have
to lie in it.
So remember you're "freedom of speech" protects you from the Government. It does not protect you from other citizens, your employer, or a private
place you may visit. You walk into a theater and yell fire, don't be surprised when you get kicked out. Your "freedom of speech" wont keep you in
to watch the movie.