Two Catastrophic Problems With The Term 'Hate Speech'
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Outspoken British comedian Ricky Gervais has once again exposed, in his usual direct manner, the escalating use of the term "hate speech" to crush any dissenting view from the mainstream narratives has unleashed "a new weird sort of fascism."
In an interview with talkRADIO host Kevin O’Sullivan, Gervais dismissed the new 'trendy myth' that the only people who want free speech want to use it to say terrible things:
“There’s this new weird sort of fascism of people thinking they know what you can say and what you can’t say and it’s a really weird thing that there’s this new trendy myth that people who want free speech want it to say awful things all the time, which just isn’t true. It protects everyone.”
Critically, Gervais sees two catastrophic problems with the term ‘hate speech’:
"One, what constitutes hate speech? Everyone disagrees. There’s no consensus on what hate speech is.”
“Two, who decides? And there’s the real rub because obviously the people who think they want to close down free speech because it’s bad are the fascists. It’s a really weird, mixed-up idea that these people hide behind a shield of goodness."
Additionally, 'The Office' star points out that “social media amplifies everything."
"If you’re mildly left-wing on Twitter you’re suddenly Trotsky. If you’re mildly conservative you’re Hitler and if you’re centrist and you look at both arguments, you’re a coward and they both hate you,”
Listen to the full interview here: