Warning: This is a commentary, not a piece of fiction. If you came here for the fiction, this brief essay may not be for you.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the Roseanne Barr major twitter gaffe that got her show cancelled, the whole Colin Kaepernick “taking the knee” protests, and how ABC and the NFL have respectively responded to them, all in terms of Free Speech Rights.
First let’s get something out of the way. What’s the short definition of Free Speech Rights? According to Wikipedia, it is:
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution declares, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It’s actually a lot more complicated and nuanced than that, but let’s roll with what I’ve just quoted.