This has been going on for a while. If you don’t recall, there was a shitty right-wing comedian known as Count Dankula who was arrested and fined for teaching his girlfriend’s pug a Nazi salute and posting it to YouTube. Dankula’s dog was taught to salute Hitler upon hearing the command “gas the Jews” which was interpreted as hate speech. But hold on, if that’s how a company interprets his video then fine, YouTube is a private company that can strike or remove videos for whatever reason they see fit. The ridiculousness of the court case is what made this a spectacle and therefore a bigger issue, with his fans publicly protesting and criticising “Freedom Of Speech”. Instantly therefore, Count Dankula became a martyr, his shit joke and his shite videos all of a sudden were given credence and recognition, something that wouldn’t have happened had he been left to continue in his quest for crap comedy.
We can even extend this to wannabe activist and full-time Islamophobe Tommy Robinson, who was banned from Twitter and who was arrested for contempt of court after livestreaming outside an active case where the accused was Muslim (strange how he doesn’t pester the court when it’s an alleged white, atheist or Christian rapist). Immediately following his arrest, the alt-right or the far-right began stating the police and the law itself was biased in favour of the left and minorities. But every time you see bobbies discriminate against a person of colour, not only does that prove that the 5-0 aren’t liberal, it also becomes painfully obvious that the right only care about “miscarriages of justice” when it affects them. How many times do you see the right decry the police when they’re beating, choking, or shooting an unarmed black man? When that happens, it’s “he must have been doing something wrong… it’s a difficult job… we must have respect for law enforcement” but as soon as they’re on the pointy end of the nightstick, they switch to “the police are biased and corrupt… down with the police!”. Regardless of the hypocrisy, this was yet another occasion when a prick with a smartphone was made a free speech martyr, the media once again calling attention to the “discrimination of the right” (and white).
On a side note, the left are constantly told to stick up for the right because “free speech affects us all you know” but weirdly the right doesn’t reciprocate. For instance conservatives sided with Rosanne when she was fired for a tweet but they didn’t stick up for James Gunn when he was fired for his tweets. Oh, the sanctimonious, self-righteous, and hypocritical right, you gotta love ’em.
While on the issue of “free speech”, there’s nothing in the American Constitution (or in British or E.U. law) that forces a private company to allow everybody to appear on their platform, you don’t have some kind of inherent right to have a profile on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. That being said however, when these companies make an example of only one side of the political spectrum, that can easily be perceived as censorship and favouritism. Of course this isn’t political favouritism at all. Facebook, YouTube, and the rest of these companies aren’t left-wing. Huge corporations which are hierarchically structured and whose sole purpose is to make masses of profit, can’t by definition be socialist. Therefore there’s something else going on. Actually it’s quite simple; blame the left for censorship of the right, get the right to hate the left… sounds like divide and conquer to me.
Just in the last few days we had the blonde buffoon Boris Johnson making comments about the hijab, likening it to a “letter box” or a “bank robber”. After making the comment and quite rightly being criticised for it, Blackadder himself, Rowan Atkinson defended Johnson’s “right to make jokes” once again elevating a prejudiced quip to the level of “freedom of expression”. Of course Boris’ comment was the latest in a long line of racist comments (including referring to African “piccaninnies” and Papua New Guinean “cannibals”) making him an obvious prejudiced politician. This wasn’t anything to do with free speech or censorship, after all, Bill Maher has said similar things about hijabs (calling them bee-keeper suits) but the difference is that Maher is a satirist and shit comedian, Johnson is a frigging politician who isn’t supposed to discriminate against his constituents based on religion and race. Once Mr. Bean intervened however, it made Boris’ bigoted comments about hijabs akin to a harmless joke which should be protected by free speech laws. Well actually, freedom of speech wasn’t the issue here at all, this Aryan yeti isn’t a comedian, and yet this straightforward issue of bigotry again transformed into a discussion about inequity and distracted from the actual issue.
So let me be blunt; all this recent talk of “Free Speech” is utter bullshit. The right are well-known for their hypocritical and confused stance on freedom of speech but what these particular cases have done is simply raise the profile of people who were regarded as “fringe” or “niche” or even “stupid”, people who had a relatively small slice of the media pie. And yet after a couple of cases of faux ostracising, they’re all of a sudden catapulted to stardom. Not only that, they’re simultaneously heralded as saviours of free speech when all they’re really doing is being a bunch of childish bigots. When I look at these right-wing morons all I see is; a man who made a throwaway YouTube video alluding to the holocaust, a man who dislikes Islam and who thinks child abuse and rape is serious only when it’s committed by a Muslim, a man who keeps stating how all mass shootings except for the ones committed by Muslims are false flags, a woman who said a black politician looked like an ape, and a man who said that the burka resembles another object in order to denigrate a foreign religious dress. If these statements on their own were shown to the public, they would rightly be dismissed or criticised as being bigoted but make the bringers of these messages victims of “state suppression” and “corporate censorship” and these idiotic, puerile yet repugnant stances are inflated to a level of importance they simply don’t deserve. What the mainstream media has done in each of these cases is elevate the speakers to martyrdom status. If you think these are genuine cases of free speech, you’re a gullible cunt.
The Right’s Right To Free Speech.