Huh or Heh?

Huh or Heh?
: I’ll defend anyone’s First Amendment right to speak. But I just don’t get the Rev. Billy‘s flashmob campaign to have people on cellphones swarm at the World Trade Center to recite the First Amendment and protest a mall. What the hell does free speech have to do with shopping? And religion? Whatever.

  • Trump

    What the hell does free speech have to do with shopping? And religion? Whatever
    Who are you to judge? You wouldn’t want to violate someones first ammendment rights, even accidentally, would you?

  • What the hell was that all about? I’m all for street theater, but what is their point in relation to the WTC site? That they’re gonna rebuild the shopping concourse?
    Get back up to Times Square, BillyBoy. The Black Hebrews miss you.

  • How long will it be before terrorists organize a flash mob for the sole purpose of killing the (unwitting) mobbers?

  • Wait, didn’t you notice? It’s not a flash mob. It’s a smart mob.
    And as we all know, that’s a mutually exclusive term.

  • Flash mobbing the flash mobbers…that’s quite complex. As this flash mob, I don’t get it either.

  • Joe Peden

    Religion is free speech [I’m not religious in the dogmatic sense]. But if Billy Bob wants to do it, let him go ahead on with his bad self. But we should perhaps make him pay the bill. Freedom is not free. Some people understand this. Kerry does not.

  • That is kind of funny. Rev. Billy shows just how moderate Kerry is.
    The issue is that more and more of what used to be public space is now shopping malls or other places where the first ammendment doesn’t count for much. And having been as a journalist escorted out of such places by cops or prevented from taking photos, I think it is an important issue.
    Rev. Billy is the actor and director Bill Talen who started Life on the Water Theater in San Franciscowith Joe Lambert (now of the Center for Digital Storytelling). In 92 he did a piece where he and his wife campaigned in New Hampshire.
    But the most important thing is he’s funny.

  • anne.elk

    Free speech is guaranteed in the Constitution, a free market is not. Go into malls and you may not wear certain clothes, certain t-shirts, etc.
    The corporations of America nastily fight free speech that takes the form of parody and fair use all of the time. They try to limit free speech in the name of free market.
    If TV Guide and People and Entertainment Weekly weren’t selling, you would not have had as large or powerful a venue for your speech.
    Free speech and a free market are obviously intertwined.
    Reread your lessig and remember the eff-word!