Music journalist Liisa Ladouceur recently appeared on CP24 to discuss the petition that attracted 40 thousand signatures and saw NXNE cancel Action Bronson’s Yonge-Dundas Square show. “When the host at CP24 asked if I thought this whole thing was unfair, I had a difficult time keeping my answers clean enough for live TV,” she wrote.
After her appearance, she took to her blog to elaborate, writing a post called “Freedom of speech isn’t freedom from consequence (Or, why Action Bronson fans can go fuck themselves).”
As you can probably guess, she is not shy about bluntly discussing her thoughts, and why she agrees with the petition. She concedes that she isn’t a fan of censorship (who is?), but draws an interesting conclusion. She writes:
It takes a lot for me to cheer for someone’s gig getting the axe because they offended someone. Like most people, I abhor censorship, which is usually propagated by uninformed folks who put the “jerk” in knee-jerk, and scapegoats certain genres unfairly. My personal tastes in music and art run towards some pretty dark stuff, and even if they didn’t I’d still think it was fundamentally wrong to decide what others should enjoy. But I do make a distinction between art that is simply violent or explicit and art that is filled with hate. (It’s why I love gory, disturbing horror films but not exploitation films.) And after thinking about this situation for a few days, I have concluded this is not about censorship at all. It’s definitely not about rap music. Or policing art. It’s bigger than that. This is a story about 40 thousand people saying no to misogyny, and winning. And what a great victory that is.
Erica Shiner originally put out the petition, and Ladouceur expresses her dismay at the backlash Shiner receives from Action Bronson fans:
Since the petition to remove the concert from a free public space was started, by Toronto’s Erica Shiner, there has been plenty of outcry from fans of Action Bronson and others, shouting about the right to free speech. Which means they have no clue what freedom of speech actually means. Freedom of speech is the right to say what you want and not get arrested by the state for it. And even then, it’s not absolute. In Canada, we have a Broadcast Standards Council to regulate what can be said over the public airwaves. Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, subject to ‘reasonable limits.
Read the full post here and let us know your opinion below.