Ah, yes. Another month, and another round of celebrities getting censored, punished, fired, and/or getting their TV shows canceled because of, literally, two or three words that came out of their mouths.
Ah, yes. Our society has become so pussified and so weak that the mention of a few words on a web site or during a TV monologue sends waves of intense, pulsating terror and anger through millions of people, as well as massive shockwaves through corporate America, executive’s offices, and advertiser’s headquarters.
Ah, yes. All a stupid right-wing or left-wing celebrity has to do is say something like “cunt” or “Planet of the Apes” and nuclear bombs go off in peoples heads all across the land, and out come the outrage, tears, and pitchforks. Someone said a few words I don’t like? HOLY FUCK! SOMEONE SAVE ME! THAT PERSON MUST BE COMPLETELY DESTROYED RIGHT NOW! I CAN’T HANDLE IT! AAAAAAHHHHHHH!
And the slow collapse of the West continues. People weren’t like this 30 years ago.
No one should be surprised at any of this. Let me repeat that: No one should be surprised at any of this. This is because, as I analyzed here, both the left and the right utterly hate free speech. The very concept that you should be allowed to say whatever you want without anyone stopping you fills most normal people with dread.
As always, my view is that anyone should be able to say literally anything they want with zero interference from government, and if what they say actually harms someone in some demonstrable way, they should be civilly sued and/or boycotted. That’s free speech.
And no one wants that (except me and a few libertarians).
Obviously, actually suspending someone, firing someone, or killing someone’s TV show because of a word or two they speak on TV or social media is insane. If someone were to go on constant rants that damage your brand as a company, then perhaps. But a few words? Ridiculous, of course.
But again, very few people in this era agree with that.
It’s always been interesting to me that I am one of the few human beings on the entire planet who has actual free speech. This is because with me, three conditions are true:
1. I am completely self-employed; I own 100% of my own companies. Thus, I can’t be fired.
2. I have no corporate sponsorship nor any individual customers who represent a significant percentage of my income, and never will. Thus, I can never “lose advertisers” or anything like that.
3. My income is not based within any individual platform like YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook. Thus, no one can ban or “demonetize” me.
When all three of those things are true, you can say literally whatever the hell you want without fear of anyone firing you or pulling their business or advertising. Unlike 95% of celebrities or other public figures, I can say anything I want. It’s kinda neat.
The only time I get “censored” is when I censor myself. There are times I don’t say certain things simply because I don’t want to A) dilute my primary messaging/branding and B) pull precious time away from my busy work schedule to deal with any possible fallout that isn’t making me money.
When the only person or entity that can censor you is you, that’s true free speech. Less than 1% of people on Earth who actually have some kind of audience fall into this category. Even people you think are “free” to speak their minds (like Ben Shapiro or Dave Rubin) have big-money supporters behind them who won’t be happy if they say certain things… so they can’t.
It really is nice to have real free speech.
Too bad no one else does.