There seems to be a growing number of people who incorrectly group those who are critical of bigotry with those who advocate censorship and what’s worse is that nobody seems to be correcting them. You’ll witness this confusion on many occasions in contemporary society, especially online; someone leaves a comment under something they’re offended by and suddenly another person jumps in and accuses them of wanting the said piece “banned”. This rash comeback is not only presumptuous however, it’s also contradictory; surely whilst there is the right to be offensive, there is also the right to be offended. Under the tenants of free speech, both these rights have equal standing and in fact both go hand in hand with each other.
The confusion lies somewhere in the realms of entertainment, where the perceived effects and the end result of “criticism” – the banal, cater-to-all, non-offensive product – is on full display. Yes, the majority of entertainment, including television, film, music, and advertising is at face value inoffensive and for the most part that’s due to an assumption about profit making. In the entertainment sector, the idea that you can appeal to everybody by removing any signs of controversy is rife, but that’s not the fault of those who are critical, that’s the fault of businessmen who lack cojones. When something gets moulded by what is perceived as public opinion, yes that’s wrong, but again that’s the fault of the content creators themselves. If you bend to the pressure of criticism and change not only your stance but your output to please others, you’re a sellout – but the blame for conformity is with the conformers not with the criticisers.
People need to realise that when something is “banned” that’s not the fault of people who are being truthful about their gut reaction to something they’ve read, watched, or heard. There is a difference between someone who is critical of a piece of art and a person who pickets and protests attempting to get that piece of art banned. Grouping everybody together isn’t at all helpful, people who air their opinion are in no way the same as people who wants to suppress. In any case the confusion about who to blame for the banality of pop culture coupled with not being able to accept criticism, these days seems to be intrinsically linked with the “P.C. Gone Mad” crowd.
People who want to do away with political correctness are usually people who want to see old-fashioned bigotry make a comeback. These people who hark back to the days when straight, white, middle-aged males got to openly belittle and demean minorities, incorrectly think that mediocrity is a direct result of removing offensive content in all its guises; racism, sexism, homophobia, religious prejudice, as though all of these things have to be present in order for something to be funny or credible. That’s obviously not the case however, offensiveness doesn’t automatically make something worthy of high regard, think back to the “good ol’ days” where a comedian could simply walk onto the stage and say “Homos, I’m I right?” and get a huge applause. In the 70s, some comedians got masses of laughs by simply inserting racist keywords such as “wog” or “paki” into their routine but saying these things didn’t make them funny, it just made them prejudice. And by the way, no matter how much I despised the likes of Bernard Manning and Roy Chubby Brown, I never once called for them to be censored, if that kind of shite appeals to you, then good luck to you and yours. I just want you to dig deep into your soul and truly understand why you think a fat cunt in pilot’s goggles yelling “niggers”, “pakis”, and “chinks” is making your fat saggy arse shake with laughter.
Because this type of bigoted content isn’t as widely accepted as it was in the past (unless of course you disguise your prejudice with satire, but that’s for another article) people, especially from the right seem to think that their preferred brand of entertainment is being suppressed by their critics. Going further with this concept, today we also have many illogical right-wing fools who seem to think that criticism of their opinion is in some way a stripping of their freedoms and rights.
Most proponents today of “freedom of speech” (or should I say a skewed concept of “freedom of speech”) seem to also be members of the aforementioned anti-political correctness brigade; a bunch of closed-minded morons who only yell “we have the right to free speech” when they want their own xenophobic, racist, sexist, and homophobic spiel to be heard. These twats however, don’t use their oh so important “right” to say anything deep and meaningful, on the contrary, they just want carte blanche to be offensive; not to authority, or hierarchy, but to minorities… and oh yes, countering them is apparently going against their white, male, god-given freedom to be angry toward anybody who strives for equality. But like I said before, criticism isn’t the same as censorship, it’s part and parcel of free speech; you want to talk shit about a minority, the minority then has the right to talk shit about you, at the very least they have the right to say what they feel in regards to what you’ve just written or said.
Wanting to say whatever you like but not being able to accept any criticism isn’t freedom of speech as I know it, what the right-wing defines as “free speech” or “freedom of speech” seems like a contradiction in terms; their side gets to say the most bigoted bullshit but our side can’t say why they’re wrong. When it comes to people from the alternative right (as well as the ordinary right for that matter) whenever you criticise them they’ll rush to say you want them censored… “if it were up to you, you’d have free speech abolished!” …stop jumping to conclusions and come back with an actual answer to your critics. Maybe look up “free speech” on Google, you might be surprised when you’re confronted with a definition that isn’t what you see above. And maybe get a grasp of the concept of “free speech” before you bandy the term about in an attempt to deflect from the nonsensical crap you’ve just spouted. Remember, free speech works both ways you confused bunch of cunts.
Sensing Shit Isn’t Censorship.