I’ve never seen the TV show Duck Dynasty, so when one of their “stars” got suspended from the show last week for homophobic and racist comments that he made to GQ Magazine, I had no idea who said it and if this was out of character for him.
But then his defenders came out and the story became clearer to me. Sarah Palin for one said (per CNN):
"Those 'intolerants' hatin' and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us," Palin, who met the series' cast while on a book tour in Louisiana, wrote on Facebook, along with a photo of her and the cast of the A&E series.
So Sarah Palin thinks this guy is entitled to his opinion. I 100% agree even if I disagree with his opinion. That’s the essence of what free speech is: I may disagree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend your right to say it.
Of course A&E is entitled to free speech too and they don’t have to continue working with you if they don’t like what you have to say. And because A&E disagrees with the Duck guy, that is why Palin and others are up in arms.
Fair enough. But if you are truly a defender of free speech, shouldn’t you be pissed off when somebody like the Dixie Chicks, who generally disagree with you politically, say something negative about the President who is in your political party. Why would you be ok with them being ostracized and thrown off radio stations and at the same time state that the Duck Dynasty guy is being attacked by intolerants? Free speech is free speech, right.
The obvious answer is that Palin and anyone else that is ok with one of these and not the other doesn’t really care about free speech, they care about their agenda.
What I really don’t get is that if you are going to defend someone from a free speech angle, why would you only choose to defend the one that is bigoted? It’s not as if he’s being jailed for having those opinions. He’s just not being given a forum of national TV to espouse those hateful thoughts.
But politics and media has all become a game. It has nothing to do with what Sarah Palin believes in. It’s simply a matter of what can she or anyone like her do to gain an advantage from a situation.
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