Swimming with the Razorfishes

Friday, January 27, 2006


Don't you hate it when someone seems to be coming to a good point, then says something stupid, ruining everything?

"Earth to critics: black writers and performers work under the same First Amendment as anyone else. If you don't like what people have to say, don't buy their books or watch their shows. You don't have the right to demand a retraction or to tell McGruder what to say on his show."

I certainly do.

Maybe I should Google it, but I don't remember the First Amendment mentioning anything about "not demanding a retraction." In addition to religion and (apparently) lobbying, the First Amendment guarantees fee speech and a free press.

The guarantee, of course, prohibits congress from making a law infringing on these rights. It doesn't preclude anyone, even Al Sharpton, from pointing out your bad taste and suggesting that an apology is in order. Unless Al Sharpton's words somehow carry the weight of law, which, thank God, they do not.


  • It was a logical statement until the very last sentence. What they should have said was that they'd PREFER you express yourself by not buying books and so on. And, in fact, when one disagrees with a POV being pushed via commercial media, the most effective thing to do is to change the channel or boycott the book/film/CD. The LEAST effective tactic is to make noise about the project, since this only adds to the publicity. The press will now call the project "controversial", and people will take note to see what the fuss is about.

    Declaring that one party had the right to speech and another does not of course makes no sense.

    By Blogger Mr. Snitch, at 6:03 AM  

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