The Safe Spaces Podcast – now running at a cool Episode 32 and better than ever! Well, at least better than last week, which means progress. And progress is good, especially when you’ve got the weight of the world on your meager shoulders. Or a podcast to record. Same thing, when you think about it.
Our hosts pay respect to the late actor John F. Dunsworth, aka Mr. Lahey from long-running Canadian comedy series Trailer Park Boys, who passed away this week at age 71. Maybe you’ve seen the show, maybe not, but his portrayal as the perpetually sauced trailer park supervisor proved that rampant alcoholism is always comedy gold.
The topic ‘o the week is freedom of speech, in all its many permutations and institutions. Were you a fan of Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show? Well, we’ve got some bad news for you; it’s done, over, kaput. While at least one of our co-hosts admired the odd mix of drunken/poignancy, she’s “leaving” to pursue other activities, like political activism. How her style of humor, as evidenced by the likes of Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman, continues to find/turn off audiences is open for discussion!
A quick recap of what seems to be the never-ending saga of sexual assault allegations against disgraced Hollywood mega-mogul Harvey Weinstein heads the next big talk this week, including several examples of the utter hypocrisy of Hollywood titans refused to take earlier accusations of sexual abuse and assault seriously, especially from young men like Cory Feldman, who’s claims of child abuse were “damaging an entire industry.”
Capping off this week’s major topic is a final look at what freedom of speech means to our hosts, and for this they’ve clipped a recent debate at Kenyon College titled “Hate Speech and the Limits of Free Expression”, with debaters including National Review’s Charlie Cooke defending said freedoms from two challengers, Native-American Studios professor Stephanie Fryberg and Ulrich Baer, professor of German and Comparative Literature at New York University. If limits on speech are to happen, just who would be in charge of said limitations? What criteria could be fairly applied across the board? Certainly not these two.
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