Smashing Pumpkins Frontman Billy Corgan: 'Once we give up free speech...it's over...'
You know, it's rare when an entertainer or celebrity doesn't placate the social justice warrior movement, or mostly have their publicists release statements of support or tweet under their name. So kudos to Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, who recently disarmed them with a smile.
(Folks, these are the jokes...)
Corgan continued: "I'm horrified as somebody who believes in free speech and is an artist, because those people are gonna be coming for me. It may not be tomorrow, but it's soon enough because I said the wrong thing on the wrong day because I was tired and I didn't take my X2 that day, or whatever… To live where every word is a land mine — you know what I'm saying — it's not the world I want to live in."
Corgan said this "lack of tolerance of ideas and other points of view is the great Achilles heel of the social justice warrior movement," and suggested they were "making up stories about ghosts that don't exist." Jones and Corgan then discussed their belief that social justice warriors were using outrage to indoctrinate left-leaning folks who didn't want to be on the wrong side of history, with Corgan comparing them to "marks" made to believe that a wrestling match was real.
That wrestling fan comment was harsh. Spot on accurate, but harsh.
Corgan is right about free speech, which is obviously under attack from the left. You may not even like Alex Jones and think he's a crazy whacko bird (to use John McCain's words). But let's acknowledge Alex Jones has every right to say whatever crazy thing he wants to say. You're free to decide what he's saying is crazy. Or not crazy. That's freedom. The right to say whatever you want to say, and the same right to disagree, is part of America. Don't like it? Fine. But our right to disagree with one another, and say so, is the First Amendment wrapped up all lovely in gun be-speckled wrapping paper.
We're rapidly approaching a point of no return. People are so in love with their own feelings, they're so in love with being offended, our fundamental rights as a people and nation are eroding. Because of feelings. THINK about that.