Brenner (mrkicker) wrote,

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"If we don't believe in freedom of speech for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."
-Noam Chomsky

When I read this quote, I instantly thought of the Dixie Chicks and their dealings with the President earlier last year. When Bush declared war on Iraq the Dixie's voiced their opinion at one of their concerts. They said that they were ashamed of Bush as a President. You would think that a nation with a freedom of speech act would have no problem with the Dixie's opinion. On the contrary, their opinion caused an uproar. The Chicks' albums were yanked from the shelves and were told that they would be put back out for sale when they apologized to the President for their "harsh words". This is where the hypocrisy sinks in. What is the point of having freedom of speech, or saying that a nation does, when you cant say what is on your mind without harsh consequences? In the end the Chicks eventually caved and apologized; however, I'm sure there was pressure from their major label. I mean the Dixie's label can't be losing sales because the girls want to speak their minds (note the sarcasm here folks). And whats the deal with Micheal Moore? He can say whatever the hell he wants and his documentary and books don't get taken off the shelves. He said just as harsh things at last years Oscar's. I think Moore is played out and a hack, but thats a whole other can'o'beans. Just something to think about though. I think Chomsky has an intriguing point here and I can see why so many punk bands use his speeches in their songs.
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