neil gaiman you are amazing

I hope that you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.
—  Neil Gaiman

bounding-heart-68-deactivated20  asked:

Hi Neil Gaiman, you are an amazing person and I respect you so much. Regarding your recent tweets, though, do you agree that freedom of speech means the right to express when we find other speech upsetting and offensive? Or do we have to just grin and bear it when people insult our culture under the guise of humour?

Good question…

We must absolutely have the right to speak back, to argue, to protest, comment upon, disagree with, other speakers.

Equally, we have the right to ignore speech and speakers we dislike and find offensive. (I don’t have to spend my days telling Holocaust deniers they are loathsome, for example.)

But, from where I stand, we don’t have the right to kill, to assault, or to imprison people for what they say, even if what they say offends us deeply. Even if we think other people need to be protected from it.