Hello, Karma! Welcome back. I’m dying of laughter right now. In case you’re unaware, there is a petition going around right now to force Netflix to remove a film called The First Temptation of Christ. Jesus is depicted as gay in this film. It is a satire. Social media is having an absolute meltdown. It is no different than Charlie Hebdo publishing cartoons depicting Muhammed as gay. Republicans and some Democrats in the US thought the Charlie Hebdo cartoons were great and absolutely defended the right for them to be published in France and read in the US.
I’m sorry to break it to you guys, but we have Freedom of Speech in the US. It’s for everyone and absolutely includes entertainment when it is in the form of sarcasm or satire. Satire is not presented as being factually correct but usually has a lesson, perspective, or thought provoking message. It’s meant to shake you out of your box and make you think or laugh. It’s meant to make you take a look from a different viewpoint. Anything in life worth believing should have zero difficulties holding up to satire and scrutiny. I always have to question people who can’t handle satire. Your beliefs are not very strong if satire is a threat. Right now, I can hear the Christian voices in my head saying but what about people whose faith isn’t strong? They can be led astray by Satan and this movie. Well, they might be led astray by the sex trafficked porn on your computer or phone that you refuse to regulate. You have no legal or moral argument to remove this film except that you disagree with what it says. That’s all. You get to make jokes about bacon and Muslims. You defended Charlie Hebdo. You disrespect other’s religions and beliefs on a daily basis. Most of you haven’t even seen the movie and you’re melting down. Freedom of Speech. If you can disrespect other’s religions, views, and values with cartoons, memes, documentaries and movies, they can disrespect yours. Satire is a greatly misunderstood medium in my opinion. Some people simply cannot understand satire in any form. I love satire.
Has no one heard that in the US you do not actually have to pay for and watch Netflix? Has no one heard that in the US you do not actually have to watch everything Netflix produces even if you do pay for Netflix? If it offends you, don’t watch it. Pretty simple.
Karma is having a heyday!!!!!
3 thoughts on “Censorship in the United States: We do not get to censor another person’s views because we disagree. Netflix does have the right to produce and air the satire, The First Temptation of Christ. How many Americans laughed at the Charlie Hebdo cartoons published in France?”
Entirely agree with you. How come no-one has started a counter-petition?
Good question. I don’t know.
I did check change.org and found nothing, but as I don’t subscribe to Netflix I didn’t think I should start one. Of course, I have no doubt that many of those who have signed aren’t subscribers either.