free speech


The fetishization of “opinion” and “free speech” is horrifying, people thinks it means they can saying anything anywhere without ever being criticized or held accountable or disagreed with regardless of their education on a subject.   

When a member of an oppressed group tells you to stop doing something that triggers them or to not use a slur, they’re not violating your free speech, because they don’t actually have any power to stop you. You won’t be arrested, fined, or penalized in any way if you continue to do the thing that bothers them. They’re simply saying that if you respected them and people like them, you would stop. By continuing, you’re simply stating that you’re willingly choosing to not respect them.

John McCain warns “suppressing free speech” is how dictators “get started”

  • Arizona Sen. John McCain warned against President Donald Trump’s criticism of the media in a recent interview with Meet the Press’ Chuck Todd, saying dictators “get started by suppressing free press.”
  • In a preview clip of the full interview, which will air on Sunday’s Meet the Press, Todd read a recent tweet in which Trump claimed “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Read more. (2/18/2017 6:33 PM)

This is not censorship. This is a business decision based on backlash and the actions of those who protested the decision, as well as a couple brave authors who spoke out, particularly Roxane Gay, who pulled her book and faced a lot of hate for it (her book has already been re-picked up). 

Milo Yiannopoulos can self-publish if he wants. He can find another publisher. There is free speech and there is the support of hate speech. Milo can say whatever he wants. That doesn’t mean we have to listen, and that doesn’t mean anyone is obligated to publish him. 

I’m glad that after considerable opposition, Simon & Schuster has done the right thing.