Humor That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Scott Jaschik, Ignatia Webs, Apr 08, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Last week I argued that Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich should be able to have and express views opposing gay marriage. Since then, he has resigned. Now here's the other side. It's not simply that Forbes is using the case to argue against financial disclosure laws, though that's bad enough. No, the other side is in South Carolina where a show by a lesbian humourist was shut down because legislators in the state "view the humorist's show -- 'How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less' -- literally as an event designed to recruit people to become lesbians." Many people, including myself, quite rightly believe this to be ridiculous. But how can Mozilla staff and supporters oppose this, when they have just finished hounding their CEO out of a job for expressing views that are, frankly, more mainstream than the lesbian comedian's?

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