Originally posted by seagull
I have a question for anyone who cares to answer it...
Where does one persons freedom of speech and/or expression end, and societies right to be protected from the results of that speech and/or
While recognizing the harm that can result from inappropriate behavior on the part of some after listening to hip-hop, my
is that we as a society have to be very very
careful of suppressing expression in the name of protecting the society as a whole. That
road is extremely perilous.
The suppressions of expression that most (including myself) can agree with relate to direct safety issues... the classic "Fire" in the theater
But if somebody goes out and pops a cap in a cop's ass (is that what kids say these days?
) after listening to hip-hop, I'm not sure I'd be in
favor of suppressing expression in the name of preventing that. I'd be more in favor of dealing with the perpetrator.
I realize this is a "Slippery Slope" kind of situation, but the inevitable question becomes, what next?
A few years ago there was a painting I think, or something, that was a depiction of Jesus Christ immersed in urine. Similar, if not more extreme than
the recent chocolate Jesus.
Personally, I didn't care for it, and sure never would have paid money to see it. But I am not in favor of suppressing the expression. Should it have
been, because somebody might go urinate on an alter somewhere after seeing it? My answer is No.
I'd be more interested in seeing that everybody
that commits an act of violence after listening to hip-hop (or being exposed to any art form)
is treated equally - the spoiled rich white kids AND the angry poor black kids. And vice versa.
My bottom line is, I am willing to put up with what I consider to be completely obscene and disgusting forms of expression (NOT action), in the name
of preserving individual liberty. I'd rather, given my druthers, evolve a culture where that kind of nonsense is not valued, hence dies out.