Quote: Sixty3closure @ 9th June 2018, 12:59 AM
As Voltaire didn't actually say ""I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it". Not sure I entirely agree but I think there's many things that get lost in translation as they cross the Atlantic such as the 'right to bear arms'.
It sort of reminds me of people who start a sentence by saying "nothing personal but...." when it very much is personal.
As a (former) journalist I do believe in free speech but I'm not convinced this gives you the right to say whatever you want but its difficult to define.
I'm an advocate for comedians bringing politically biting commentary good or bad to the forefront, as comedy is the last bastion of freedom of speech America really has left. Having said that, Roseanne has a right to say what she feels personally on her political feelings as the 1st Amendment freedom of speech/expression gives her the right to do so. Okay, a porch monkey joke was in INCREDIBLY bigoted taste, but as I've said before, thanks to Dotard, the Archie Bunkers of the world are out and about, and ain't about to go back into the shame closet. Any time you limit freedom of speech just a little bit, its fascism. Censorship is fundamentally out of control in America right now. I don't like what the KKK says, I don't like white nationalists websites, but they shouldn't be censored. The information should be out there. You can say as you please - until you start doing (and ergo committing a crime). Yes, its a slippery slope, but the minute people say Roseanne should be censored but the Black Panthers get a pass; when David Duke is supposed to be censored but Malcolm X commentary turns a blind eye - see where I'm going with this?
You can't pick and choose. We do not have hate speech laws, and are within our own constitution allowed to express ALL opinions, good, bad and ugly. The minute you cherry pick based on PCness is the minute fascism comes into play. And trust and believe, America got enough of that as is.
ABC should not have jumped on the bandwagon and ended the show. Let the ratings decide. If Americans were that butthurt about it, the ratings would have told the tale and the natural progression of cancellation would have happened. Or were they afraid many Americans would have supported it to their shock and awe and the ratings soared? People like Richard Pryor OPENLY called whites many derogatory names in his comedy in the 1970s. Black folks as well. As did his peers. Nobody batted an eye.
But Roseanne, after a satirical Nazi spread, likens a woman she never even saw to Planet of the Apes who just happened to be black and the torches are out. Ain't buying it.