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 – First Amendment to the United States Constitution
These rights were given to us over 200 years ago, and right now to me, I’m not entirely sure how much of this actual right we have left. Not just in this country either, but abroad, we have slowly but surely chipped away the right to say what we feel. Case in point this news article and the situation that has caused a firestorm for Radio in Australia.
I’ll say this, it was a harmless prank, stupid, but harmless. These DJ’s never intended for someone to take their life over a prank call. Why isn’t anyone talking about maybe the mental state of someone who commits suicide after making a mistake, instead of putting the blame on radio hosts? The biggest part of the outcry though, and the loss of freedom of speech I believe comes more from us then the station, or the media. We have no tolerance anymore for anyone to joke, to say what they want, all in the name of not offending anyone. We absolutely have a right to be offended, and to offend. If what I say isn’t causing physical violent harm, it should be allowed to say. That isn’t to say there shouldn’t be consequences. The actual consequences for what people say should be a discussion, not immediate fire this guy, or lock this person up. An honest discussion is what consequences for your mouth should be.
There is one thing that I really hate to do, but I can’t help it, and I don’t think anyone who does do it can help it themselves. I’ll be sending a text, maybe with a little joke, or self deprecating humor to someone, and because of the way we are, I automatically add a lol jk, at the end. Why? Because its this awful way of trying to make sure the person we talk to understands that we are just joking. We have done this to ourselves, we claim to love free speech, but anything that could be considered critical, joking, mocking, or anything of that matter is now bullying (another article on this garbage bullying campaign later).
I want you to tell me how you honestly think, because I want to be able to be fully honest with you. If what you tell me stings me, then fine. I have to be a big boy and deal with it, because that is what makes me grow and change into something better. We all need to reevaluate, stop this noH8 crap, and be real. If we don’t the day will eventually come when we can’t say anything ever, and that my friends might be sooner than you think.