Monday, August 29. 2011
I’ll take freedom of speech for $600, Alex.
Question: What popular Lebanese television presenter recently had his new game show cancelled by MBC over his ‘overtly pro-Syrian regime views’?
Certainly, Georges Kordahi should be ashamed of his stalwart support for the oppressive brutality of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, but his TV show should not have been canceled because of it.
That’s the curious thing about censorship: It is only when people in power find speech objectionable that it no longer becomes free. And often, it is only deemed a crime when the ostracized (and usually powerless) are the ones who commit it.
What one person may find morally reprehensible, another may find fair and appropriate, and this is where defining the rules of expression becomes painfully relative.
In no way do I agree with Kordahi’s opinion of the Syrian regime, but I will respect it and, in turn, ask for the public to respect my complete and utter desire to cast a vodka-swilling gypsy curse on a homemade sock puppet inspired by Michel Aoun’s face.
The guy is clearly a nut job, but I say nut jobs have a right to express their nuttiness.
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” – Not actually Voltaire