I am using this post to exercise my constitutional right to free speech.
Recently, Miley Cyrus performed in a manner known as twerking, which appears to be simulated sexual acts, and swung nude on a wrecking ball. Although she got some flak for it from people whose morals were offended, her performances were certainly not censored and she continues to perform.
Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty has been indefinitely suspended from that reality TV show for, get this, something that he did not say on the TV show but what he said in an interview by GQ magazine. We have been told by the administrators of political correctness that practicing various sexual acts in privacy, yet talking about it (which is not so private), should not jeopardize a person’s job. Imagine the hubbub that would occur if a gay actor was fired for saying he is gay. Now try saying you are not gay — that is where we draw the line!
Phil talked about sex acts that he does not practice or condone, and he is in big trouble. For what? For saying what he believes.
By the way, he was not self-righteous. If you read the entire quote, it includes him talking about his own past with remorse for what he considers sins. He even calls himself white trash.
He also talked about working with blacks. He said that he did not himself witness discrimination against them. He did not say there was no discrimination. But even if he said racist and homophobic things, does he not have the right to say what he thinks or experienced as white trash?
It seems inconsistent and hypocritical for the political correctness police to defend the free speech rights of everyone except those who do not agree with them and are therefore not politically correct.
Our Founders were wise in adding the Bill of Rights to our Constitution. The right to free speech is not conditioned on whether it offends anyone, and especially not on whom is offended. You can speak in favor of or against Christianity and you can speak in favor of or against Islam. You can speak against abortion and you can speak advocating abortion, or the death penalty, or gay marriage, or ANYTHING. You don’t have to be in the majority. The right is more important if you are not in the majority.
If I was the lawyer advising A & E, the network that makes lots of money from Duck Dynasty, I would tell them they needed only to say that the show producers did not air the GQ interview remarks yet stand by Phil’s right to free speech even if the network executives “do not necessarily agree with the views expressed” in the GQ article.
As A&E’s lawyer, I would tell the LGBT folks and NAACP folks to read the Constitution. Even Christians have civil rights. Phil may express an opinion on what he considers sinful behavior. It is not just in the Bible, it is in the Constitution. Pouting by opponents is allowed. Disagreeing with Phil is allowed. However, suspending Phil for his remarks is not a good legal decision.
If tolerance is the highest value for the politically correct, then should there not be tolerance for Phil as much as for Miley?
P.S. I know what you are thinking, but it is not nice (or politically correct) to call Miley white trash. Billy Ray? That is another story. Go ahead. Make my day!