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Katy Perry’s Breasts and Sesame Street

KATE KOWSH: Admittedly, Katy’s Perries were kind of on display during her recent controversial play date with Elmo. But did it really need to become issue number one on the shit list in the national conversation on decency standards for children? Perry didn’t strap on a pair of letter ‘p’-shaped pasties and straddle the Sesame Street pole. She wore a costume. Yes, it was revealing. But she looked lovely.

HOWARD MEGDAL: While Katy Perry’s attire on Sesame Street couldn’t be considered traditional, I fail to see why it should cause any more consternation than if she arrived on set wearing a funny hat. Continue reading

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Facebook and Hate Speech (And Breasts)

HOWARD MEGDAL: Facebook has every right to limit speech on their site. But that doesn’t mean they should, even if it is so-called hate speech. And believe me: I’m no fan of Holocaust-deniers.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: The right to kick customers out if they don’t like what you’re saying or doing is wielded liberally by restaurant and nightclub owners everywhere; it is also the right of librarians, even though libraries are public. Thus, I don’t really have a problem with Facebook’s administrators taking measures to censor or disallow certain types of content, as long as they are fairly consistent with regard to removing content that is fairly universally offensive. The problem is, they aren’t.

MATTHEW DAVID BROZIK: A private entity (including even a publicly-traded company) can make its own rules/allowances/proscriptions, as long as those do not violate the legally protected rights of persons. But freedom of speech is not something that has no limits. Recall that one does not have the right to yell “Fire!” in a crowded playhouse (or, for that matter, “Play!” in a crowded firehouse). I don’t have to let a visitor to my house deny the Holocaust. Facebook doesn’t have to let subscribers say anything they want.

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