I am a 63-year-disabled military veteran in grad school in London, UK, working towards obtaining an M.A. in a discipline of Fine Art.
As an artist, I’m completely ready to go to the wall with the Comics. For every dozen people that are outraged by “Offensive Humor,” there’s a person like me who is ready to take the walk to the wall where the “People’s Firing Squad” will deal with me along with the Comics. I depend on the brutal honesty of the Comics for my Artistic Salvation. For example, Chris Rock’s comic response to the “Slap Heard Around the World” was like magic for me. It was the perfect response to a world that appears to have lost its mind in process of forgetting what the term “Free Speech” means.
It would be impossible for me to view the situation differently. I’m a Visual Artist, Writer, Musician, and Actor. I attend university and have either studied or am currently studying all these forms of artistic expression. I have a BFA in Studio Art and am in grad school to earn my M.A. in a specific discipline of Fine Art. The idea of “Free Speech,” therefore, is a functionally sacred concept for me. When I see Comics being boycotted or canceled because of a joke, I get sweaty and a little panicky. I wait to see what response they will offer. I nervously hope that they’ll pull out all the stops and make the Anti-Free-Speech Fascists retreat to their respective hovels.
Is being offensive an offence?
In 21st-century Britain, thought policing is a very real and terrifying thing.
There is a huge difference between expressing an idea that some may find offensive and making a threat against a person or a group of people. For example, the idea that a journalist is not allowed repeat the use of the word “Nigger” or “Fag” (Yes, I deliberately used both words in an expository/analytical and APPROPRIATE context ) in the context of a describing the hateful or abusive actions of someone who is known to be engaged in criminality or other types of threatening behavior is Fascistic. It is Fascists who hide the nuances of life from the…