I enjoy watching The Philip Defranco Show and on Monday he talked about some news that bring up a discussion that happens too often. Not that I think this discussion is stupid, I just think that if people weren’t so dumb we wouldn’t need to have this discussion. I usualy don’t partake in giving my opinion, but this time I feel like just getting it out there.
The story was about an appearance from Martin Shkreli and Milo Yiannopoulos that had to be canceled because of protesters blocking access to the venue that was going to host the event. Now, if you don’t know these two guys, go look them up and then come back.
To make things clear, in no way do I like either of them and I do not agree with their view points. Now that this clarification is in the air, let’s tackle the main discussion that this story brought up: Free speech.
The protesters were armed with signs that said hate speech wasn’t free speech and that those guys were fascists and the protesters were against that. Personally, I think they were completely in their right to protest this event, but they should not have blocked the entrance to cancel it.
Even if you’re against someone else’s opinion, that person has as much right as you to share that opinion. You applied your right to protest against an event, but you shouldn’t have taken away his right to share his opinion, even if you’re strongly against it.
Free speech does not only apply to things that you agree with. Free speech applies to all opinions. Someone can say something that you find horrible and you have all the right in the world to debate with that person and sahre your own opinion, but you should never prevent someone from sharing their opinion!
I just don’t understand why so many people can’t see that. There are so many people that are such hypocrits! They promote free speech but only when that speech agrees with their personal opinions and that’s just not how it works.
I would really like to know what you guys think about this. Not necessarily about the story that brought the discussion, but also what are your opinions about free speech.