RE: South Park B/L/U: another opinion

Jim Whitehead (
Wed, 7 Jul 1999 13:58:40 -0700

Perhaps I wasn't clear here -- I didn't suggest the movie should be
censored. Personally, I find censorship to be completely abhorrent. I'm
well aware of our right to free speech, and I completely favor it.

Thus my careful choice of the word "condone".

My point is: why are we celebrating this movie, rather than standing in
front of movie theaters exercising our right to free speech to publicly
criticize it?

Though I grant them the full right to make South Park, or any movie they
want, why are we rewarding a movie containing these elements with a profit,
and incentive to repeat it?

- Jim

P.S. -- anyone who replies that I have the right to just not watch the movie
gets 20 demerits. Grant me the credit for having actually thought of such
an obvious reply, and that despite it, I'm still raising objections.

> Jim sez:
> > After all, can anyone on this list really make a rational defense for
> why a
> > movie containing: [...] Should be condoned in any way by society?
> Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment
> of
> religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or
> abridging
> the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right
> of the
> people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the
> Government for a redress of grievances.
> The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

[Snipped: A competent defense of first amendment rights]