Friday, December 9, 2016

First Amendment

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Over the past few months, America’s college campuses have been rocked by politically-correct racial protests.

But now, Yale University–one of the top schools in America–is taking it one step further. It’s students are actively calling to repeal the First Amendment right, all in the name of political correctness.

Political satirist Ami Horowitz went to see just how far Yale students would actually go–and visited campus armed with a fake petition to repeal the First Amendment.

“What we’re calling for is a petition to repeal the First Amendment,” Horowitz told students, on camera. He referenced all parts of the First Amendment: the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, and, ironically, the freedom of petition.

“I think this is fantastic,” said one signer. “I absolutely agree.”

“I appreciate what you’re trying to do,” said another student, as he signed the petition.

“I think the Constitution should be one big safe space,” said Horowitz, taking a favorite talking point of college protestors. The students he was talking to nodded in approval, as they signed the petition.

“Excellent. Love it,” said another.

“Hurting people’s feelings should not be protected speech,” told Horowitz to another student–who quickly agreed with him.

“You shouldn’t be exposed to things you don’t want to hear,” said Horowitz to yet another student–who also agreed with him too.

Overall, Horowitz’s collected 50 signatures from Yale students in less than an hour–roughly one signature per minute. So it’s clear that there was quite a bit of support for his phony “cause.”

Yale is one of the top universities in the nation–and has been rocked by protests, after students took offense with a professor suggesting that the administration should not ban “offensive” Halloween costumes.

And it’s clear that some of the best and brightest future leaders in America would rather not be offended than recognize fundamental rights.

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In what appears to be a first for a serious presidential contender, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is going after five comedians who made fun of the former Secretary of State in standup skits at a popular Hollywood comedy club.

A video of the short performance, which is less than three minutes, is posted on the website of the renowned club, Laugh Factory, and the Clinton campaign has tried to censor it. Besides demanding that the video be taken down, the Clinton campaign has demanded the personal contact information of the performers that appear in the recording. This is no laughing matter for club owner Jamie Masada, a comedy guru who opened Laugh Factory more than three decades ago and has been instrumental in launching the careers of many famous comics.

“They threatened me,” Masada told Judicial Watch. “I have received complains before but never a call like this, threatening to put me out of business if I don’t cut the video.”

Practically all of the country’s most acclaimed comedians have performed at the Laugh Factory and undoubtedly they have offended politicians and other well-known personalities with their standup routines. Tim Allen, Jay Leno, Roseanne Bar, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Jim Carrey, Martin Lawrence, Jerry Seinfeld and George Lopez are among the big names that have headlined at the Laugh Factory. The First Amendment right to free speech is a crucial component of the operation, though Masada drew the line a few years ago banning performers—including African Americans—from using the “n-word” in their acts.

The five short performances that Clinton wants eliminated include some profanity and portions could be considered crass, but some of the lines are funny and that’s what the Laugh Factory is all about. The video features the individual acts of five comedians, four men and a woman. The skits make fun of Clinton’s wardrobe, her age, sexual orientation, the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the former First Lady’s relationship with her famous husband. The Laugh Factory has appropriately titled it “Hillary vs. The First Amendment.”

Masada told Judicial Watch that, as soon as the video got posted on the Laugh Factory website, he received a phone call from a “prominent” person inside Clinton’s campaign. “He said the video was disgusting and asked who put me up to this,” Masada said.

The Clinton staffer, who Masada did not want to identify, also demanded to know the names and phone numbers of the comedians that appear in the video. Masada refused and hung up. He insists that the comedy stage is a sanctuary for freedom of speech no matter who is offended. “Just last night we had (Emmy-award winner) Dana Carvey doing Donald Trump and it was hilarious,” Masada said.

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