• #47
    The right to free speech has never included the requirement to be heard.

    Case in point: Westboro Baptist Church and their persecution of grieving families trying to bury their dead.

    Do they have the right to speak ill of the dead? Certainly.

    Do I have to listen to it. Hell no.
  • #52
    @AntiPorcheria I did say right to be heard, not listened to, in my defense! I did not care for his views on politics, but did like his movie reviews! Lol
  • #53
    Yep my thoughts exactly. Just give us yes or no and we should elaborate on our reasoning. They kinda box you in sometimes with their "answers".
  • #10
    "I write about the TeePees because it's so sad how they've been manipulated to oppose their own best interests," isn't a liberal statement, it could have come from anywhere on the political spectrum except for the 95th percentile of the far right.

    It has the advantage of being true...
  • #3
    It's not up to me or you to say whether they should or should not make political commentary. All citizens have equal 1st ammendment rights.
  • #18
    "Human Events wrote. "You know what's annoying? A bozo with too much time on his hands who constantly posts hackneyed jokes and comments slamming people who believe in a competing ideology."
    Heh, Pot meet Kettle.
  • #15
    I never really knew how he leaned, I guess I should have guessed. But, no matter, he
    was a good critic ( pun intended ), he suffered long ,and hard ,and I hope he's in a much better place...
  • #6
    You don't think that journalism is a "real job?"
    Perhaps it figures that a conservative would never consider anything involving intellect as a life time career.
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  • #57
    Five best quotes about politics by Roger Ebert:

    1.“I am proudly a liberal. I am also patriotic, reasonable, pro-American, and stand for family values.”[March 2010]

    2.“I have watched with a kind of petrified fascination in recent years as the world creeps closer to what looks to me like disastrous climate change. The poles are melting. Ocean levels are rising. The face of the planet is torn by unprecedented natural disasters. States of emergency have become so routine that governors always seem to be proclaiming one. Do they have drafts of proclamations on file?”[March 2013]

    3.“That James Holmes is insane, few may doubt. Our gun laws are also insane, but many refuse to make the connection…This would be an excellent time for our political parties to join together in calling for restrictions on the sale and possession of deadly weapons. That is unlikely, because the issue has become so closely linked to paranoid fantasies about a federal takeover of personal liberties that many politicians feel they cannot afford to advocate gun control.”[July 2012]

    4.“I believe empathy is the most essential quality of a civilization.”[May 2012]

    5.“In the years since then I’ve known a fair share of gay couples who seemed as established and content as other couples, some more some less. In a society that was slowly outgrowing the traditions of patriarchy and matriarchy, they’d made a lateral move into humanarchy. The idea of them being joined in a civil union was a no-brainer. They’d cast their lot together, shared their duties, had an implicit agreement to stand by each other, and certainly deserved to have their relationship recognized by the state if only for reasons of ownership and inheritance.”[August 2010]

    RIP Roger.
  • #42
    @Denizen_Kate Perhaps a bit too soon on my part, but I have no sympathy for someone who was so far out there to begin with. You're probably right, I should've kept my mouth shut on this one, but I'm stopping there.
  • #71
    I'm not sure why public figures, who are not in politics, would want to alienate half of their fan base. It doesn't make any sense for them to mouth off in public.
  • #70
    Free speech applies to all. Even "progressives" that taunt, call names, and mock their opponents, as opposed to having rational discourse.
  • #69
    They have free speech just like anyone else, though their opinion carries no more weight. Thankfully that's one less vote for the left.
  • #68
    that said, they have a right to speak out if anyone will listen. it is (for now, the pols are working overtime to ruin that) a free country. I do prefer to listen to someone knowledgeable about issues, though, rather than a passionate celebrity who may or may not have a full grasp of the situation.
  • #67
    Like his criticisms and/or politics or not: the guy could write.

    "I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. I am grateful for the gifts of intelligence, love, wonder and laughter. You can’t say it wasn't interesting. My lifetime’s memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris."
  • #64
    This is supposedly a democracy. They have a right to express their opinions. Despite the flawed Supreme Court ruling companies do not.
  • #61
    The intelligent, libertarian ones should, but the Leftist should remain silent, as their vapid comments are without merit, and should be ignored by society.

    Remember that Ebert, someone who should be at least tolerant of different forms of art, got much of his press by attempting to get certain movies horror movies banned because of his own prudish tastes.
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