Freedom of religion and Freedom of Speech and Expression: Both are critical cornerstones of the United States constitution. So, what happens when those two come head to head? Well, they did just that when Saturday Night Live, the long-running celebrity sketch show, published a segment that created outrage and asked
Twenty seven years ago, Barbara Carrasco was commissioned by the city of Los Angeles to create a mural for the city’s bicentennial celebration in 1981. She wanted create a work that really spoke from her heart, so drawing on her perspective as a Mexican-American woman, she set to work on
Have you ever been told that there are specific words one cannot say on television? Such as shit or fuck? This actually is not the case. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) oversees the regulation of US airwaves for TV and Radio, and they have never come out with a specific
A movie, starring Seth Rogan and James Franco, satirizing the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un, and a plan to assassinate the leader, *recently created quite a stir in the media and in global affairs. The Interview was set to release on Christmas Eve 2014, but due to a mass hack
In September 2001, Felipe Coronel of Harlem, New York, debuted as rapper Immortal Technique with his album Revolutionary Vol 1. For the last 16 years, Tech has established himself as a talented songwriter, musician, and social activist. On the surface, Tech appears like another successful pursuant of the American dream
Jafar Panahi is a filmmaker in Iran who was arrested after making a film that criticized how women in Iran are treated. He was arrested under the pretense that he was campaigning against the Iranian government. While we are free to make movies and films that raise awareness to controversial
Is censorship ever justified and acceptable? Cuban artist Erik Ravelo created a controversial photography project titled “Los Intocables” which means “The Untouchables”. This project is designed to point out and discuss the topic of violence against children across the globe. The art project consists of many photographs in which each
There are numerous reasons to censor art and literature. Everyone has their own unique opinions and therefore their own ideas as to what should and should not be censored. A current popular reason for censorship by right-wing activists is to “protect the children.” And they seem to have a long
We’re having a period party! No, we are not celebrating getting our period for the first time, but we are celebrating the incredible nature of the female body. Often women are looked down upon for having periods but it is not something we can control; we were designed this way.
There isn’t a lot that surprises me anymore, but I had to say I was disturbed when I heard about this recent, and failed, Amazon television series campaign. I suppose what happened here was Amazon sought to promote it’s new show, The Man in the High Castle. No issues here.