Saturday, September 1, 2012

Manners Do Not Infringe Upon Free Speech

During the Republican National Convention (RNC), some celebrities expressed their political views on various social media sites. The beauty of our First Amendment is that people are free to do so.

Among those expressing views were a couple of famous actors and musicians. Their comments were not as much political expression as open and public vulgar statements about a couple of conservative women.

However, these individuals claim that conservatives are the ones who are degrading towards women. Their blatant vulgarity openly demonstrates their hypocrisy.

Among those celebrities was Jason Biggs, who is best known for his role in the movie "American Pie" in which his character performs a sexual act with a baked good.

After his public display, the team over at Michelle Malkin's Twitchy.com reported on the statements including hyper-linked quotations from twitter with the exact words typed by those celebrities, including Mr. Biggs. It so happens that one of Mr. Biggs' current jobs is to do voice work on a children's network, Nickelodeon, owned by Viacom.

Upon reading the vulgar "tweets", I sent a request for comment to Viacom. As of the writing of this article, I have not received a response.

It appears my request for information or a press release statement raised the ire of Biggs' wife, Jenny Mollen, who writes for Playboy's online magazine, The Smoking Jacket, and several of her followers.

Ms. Mollen made a ridiculous statement  (using poor grammar) about "saving the world". Well, it turns out that Ms. Mollen must not have bothered reading my bio. If she had, she'd realize I have done more than she has to help the people of this country and others around the world. I would have loved to have seen her clearing underbrush, cutting mesquite, and evacuating people and ranch animals from a raging wildfire. I don't remember her there. Then again, I was pretty busy actively saving people. Given her age and her occupation, I question what she has done. I challenge her to compare accomplishments.

To "assist" Ms. Mollen, one of her followers made an accusation about my questions or comments being an attempt to quash "free speech".

First of all, the US Supreme Court has ruled several times on the First Amendment in regards to free speech and press. It is not as black and white as those caught dancing near the lines of decency claim. Child pornography, for example, is not protected by the First Amendment. Neither are slander or libel.

Calling for somebody who works in a position that serves as an example for children needs to act and speak responsibly. It is just "common decency" and "manners". Challenging somebody to do so is not an attempt to quash free speech. It is employing that very right for its very intended purpose:  to hold public figures accountable for their actions and question those actions without fear of repercussion or political imprisonment. I made no statements saying that Mr. Biggs should be censored. I asked questions about what, if any, fallout he may face for those vulgar statements from his employer.

I ask, how is that, in any way, preventing somebody from voicing their opinion?