LIONEL PODCAST: The Demonization of Louis C.K. and the End of Free Speech

Here’s what he said on SNL. “Child molesters are very tenacious people,” he began. “They love molesting childs. It’s crazy. It’s like their favorite thing. When you consider the risk of being a child molester — there is no worse life available to a human than being a caught child molester. And yet they still do it! Which you could only really surmise, that it must be really good.”

And? That’s it. That’s the essence of what was said and, of course, the media and “social” media are going nuts over this bit of piquant humor and I get it. I understand the context and unique spin, take and direction. So what? Now, look, no one’s calling for his skin or indictment or even arrest. But the week’s young. What this means is that we, as a society, must celebrate and recognize everything and anything hat is said, develop a sense of humor and and an appreciation for the absurd, and recognize that free and unfettered speech makes a society stronger and better and . . . well, alive. There are forms of humor that we may never see at first blush that are nonetheless relevant. And if you don’t like it, change the channel.

If it funny? Who cares? My life consists of discussing and analyzing stories and news items that are very controversial and most problematic to many. They destroy the conventional wisdom and official story. They establish that history is a fraud and that governments are corrupt and people gullible. And that’s indeed and admittedly most likely to offend and rattle. But so be it. Because, when all is said and done – If you don’t like it, change the channel.

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