I have to chuckle at all the calls for advertiser boycotts against the likes of Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and even magazines like Rolling Stone (March 2011). Really people? Think about what you’re asking for…you want corporations to dictate freedom of speech through where they spend their ad dollars? Oh wait…of course, since those corporations would ultimately be supporting you and your subjective opinions of what is appropriate to think and say, this would make it all ok, right? I can see how that rationale would justify ripping the heart out of First Amendment rights.
Tell you what…look at the situation in reverse and maybe you’ll get the point. Perhaps the next time you say or do something foolish, one of your detractors should mobilize your friends and neighbors to call your boss and have them cut your salary or demote you to a lower position in your company. Then they would call the mayor of your town and have him or her to raise your taxes and devalue your home.
Freedom of Speech: Noun:
The right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint.
So, next time you hear something offensive, thicken your skin and be thankful for the right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. And next time you say something offensive, be thankful that you have the right to do so without fear of reprisal.