(Here is something serious-ish, and even ranty, for a change!):
(Update: I can’t even believe I have to say this, and I could have definitely been more clear this morning when I was absolutely incensed, but of course free speech is a good thing that should be fought for. Duh. This post is about attitude. If you’re going to put a bunch of people’s lives in danger, the least you can do is acknowledge their shared burden rather than run around complaining about them. Also, Comedy Central is not some magical abstract place where everyone is a rich executive. Most are very hard working people who deserve the respect of the people they work hard for - like the creators of South Park.)
Today Trey Parker and Matt
Smith Stone (this had a typo for one second), who live/cower behind gates and can afford massive security, are whining that Comedy Central has censored their stupid TV show stunt over threats of violence by radical Muslims. Meanwhile, Comedy Central’s headquarters, a published address, where hundreds of regular people who never wanted to be famous have to come in every day to do their jobs, is on high alert/lockdown. So basically, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are not only willing to endanger the lives of hundreds of people who never asked to be in the crosshairs, they are actually COMPLAINING that the people in charge of those worker’s safety are taking the tiniest measures to protect them.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are assholes. This should be the real angle of the story going around today, not something that paints them as heroes for free speech. They owe an apology to every Comedy Central employee they’ve put in danger in pursuit of their own glory and publicity. Hopefully, and probably, nothing will happen except a few hundred people having anxiety for a few weeks, but if god forbid something does, it is on Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s shoulders.
I worked at CC from 2004-2008 (and loved it), and was there the last time this issue came up. That time, Comedy Central chose to truly censor the broadcast, and had to endure a huge media backlash for doing so. As I recall, we were annoyed by the backlash but very relieved that we weren’t going to have to be put in danger for a stupid television show. Anyway, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are huge assholes.