Freedom of speech is supposed to allow people to give their opinion or idea without repercussion from the government. Basically, you can say whatever you want and not get punished for it. Thanks to social media, people express their opinions everyday on what’s trending. Sadly, some take it too far by body-shaming or filling a celebs Twitter feed with hate.
Leslie Jones, the star of the new Ghostbusters movie, was the recent target of criticism and insults on Twitter. Several people were making negative comments about her performance in the movie, and one columnist called her “barely literate.” While Jones accepted the fact that this was all freedom of speech, how far is TOO far? Let Bryton Mellott push your buttons.
Back on July 3, he posted multiple pictures of himself holding a burning American flag, with a statement about why he is not proud to be an American.
“In this moment, being proud of my country is to ignore the atrocities committed against people of color, people living in poverty, people who identify as women, and against my own queer community on a daily basis,” Mellott wrote, according to Fox59. “I do not have pride in my country. I am overwhelmingly ashamed, and I will demonstrate my feelings accordingly. #ArrestMe.”
Is he un-American or just standing by his freedom of speech?
No Jail Time
— news_gazette (@news_gazette) July 5, 2016
Mellott did not face any criminal charges, which bothered people even more. There have been plenty of videos posted of other people burning the American flag. If people are unhappy with what is going on in their country, they’re not afraid to express it.
Do you think burning the flag gets the point across? Or could he have done something else? Do you agree with why he did it? Most people would tell him that if he doesn’t like being in America to get out!
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