I'm pretty annoyed with people constantly talking about how freedom of speech and expression in America is a joke, especially people living in england, where they have the video nasties type shit. There are parts of europe that ban bondage videos and any type of non vanilla porn, places that still band fucking books. but america is the country that people talk about as being the great opresser.
I'm not saying that shit doesnt happen in America. Lots of rights get violated every day, and with shit like the patriot act, the government has done some really fucked up things to artists over the last few years. But those are isolated incidents, things that happen in every country, not the national standard.
As fucked up as it is right now with bush, America is still essentially free.
You can talk about whatever the fuck you want, make a movie about whatever you want. is there stupid censorshp on television, yeah, is the MPAA silly as hell, yeah, but they dont make the shit illegal on a national scale. There are no laws that say any for of art is illegal, and as much as people seem to want to think otherwise, most people who say or make extreme art dont get fucked with by the govenment.
I'm not trying to imply that I completely know what its like in europe,or anywhere else. I've barely been out of the state i live in, let alone the fucking country. But this is how it seems to me. America is fucked up, but it really isnt so much more fucked than a lot of other places from what i can see, and there is a lot less artistic opression here than in the UK and other parts of the world, again judging from what I've gathered, and not physical experice.
posted by: Royce Icon on 2005-04-24 04:42:24
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