Wednesday, July 27, 2005

You're Not the Boss of Me!

When someone tells me I can't do something, a nasty little part of my soul cries out: "Screw you! I'm doing it."

With the hope that you feel the same way, here are a couple of ways that the thought police are trying to keep you from making your own decisions so you can say "Screw you!" and do it anyway.

Apparently, it's OK for the President to nickname Karl Rove "Turd Blossom," but such talk is inappropriate for American newspaper readers. (Funny how the Bushies get away with public vulgarity while they spout family values -- remember Cheney telling Pat Leahy to "fuck off" in front of a group of senators and W. describing NY Times reporter Adam Clymer as a "major league asshole" with his microphone on?) To protect our delicate sensibilities, several newspapers are withholding this week's Doonesbury strips. You can read ALL of them at Slate.com.

The next time you read about plummeting newspaper circulation, remember this example of how publishers treat their readers like children.

via SuperFrankenstein

And the AMC theater chain is concerned about the content of the new comedy, The Aristocrats **WARNING: this link spills a bit of the beans** which caused a friend of mine (who got to see a preview) to go into laugh spasms.

Funny, we didn't hear the same concerns from AMC when they showed the violent and bloody (and unrated version of) Passion of the Christ or Inside Deep Throat which was rated NC-17. By the way, AMC will become the second largest theater chain this summer when it merges with the Leows chain.

SO the logic goes like this: Blow jobs? OK. Flesh shredding and flagellation? OK. Dirty talk? NO WAY!

I kind of love it that words scare censors so much more than sex and violence. Makes you want to go out and read a banned book.

"Don't join the book burners"
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower (U.S. President 1953-1961)

"Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us."
-- William O. Douglas (Supreme Court Associate Justice for 36 years)

1 Comments:

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Loganite said...

These are more examples of what I am now calling "Conservative Contradictions." I mean with the movie theater restriction, the conservatives seemingly would support the idea of a free market, right? Survival of the fittest. So, do some market research, put it in a theater where it might be popular and let people pay to see it for crying out loud.

The "Doonsebury" case is more sinister. This is the people who should be protecting freedom of speech silencing speech! Why? Because the nickname "Turd Blossom" is offensive. I doubt that is the real reason. Instead, the papers are concerned that the Busies will get back at them. Sounds like it did a couple years ago when the media shut up as the Neocons marched to war -- with lies and half-truths, no less.

Argh! When will people get it?

-- L.

 

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