posted on Jun, 5 2009 @ 10:43 PM
In societies where freedom of speech was not recognized as a right, the court jester—precisely because anything he said was by definition "a jest"
and "the uttering of a fool"—could speak frankly on controversial issues in a way in which anyone else would have been severely punished for.
In bringing the role of Jester up to date, I have become increasingly puzzled and bothered by the invisible shifting lines that cartoonists and comics
need to be mindful not to cross:
Almost 9 years ago, comic Bill Maher lost his hit tv-show, Politically Incorrect due to making one satirical remark a week after 911; "We have been
the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want
about it, it's not cowardly."
A month ago the developers of Faith Fighter
had to take their online flash game off
their website due to treats from the OIC
And just this past week the ADL
sent cartoonist Garry Trudeau of Doonesbury a pathetically
pissy pretentious letter regarding his strip in last sunday's paper.
Trudeau does an excellent job of stating the facts. He is not making any exaggerations or fabrications. The fact that this happens to be a commonly
portrayed stereotype shouldn't be reason to avoid the subject entirely.
Where is this invisible line, who draws it and who determines the consequences/punishment for crossing it? Individuals and organizations that define
themselves as defenders of truth, yet squelch the expression of it, should be given a special hot seat.
[edit on 5-6-2009 by The All Seeing I]