Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Blasphemy! Cuff 'em!

This story contains two things that could only happen in Britain - the staging of a musical portraying Jesus as a coprophiliac, and people suing the producers of said musical for "blasphemous libel."

OK, I know Britain's libel laws were apparently written by retarded monkeys high on acid, but blasphemy as a tort? Really? Isn't that the kind of thing that happens in Saudi Arabia? Oh, and you know the same groups that are going to sue this musical for blasphemy would cry "free speech!" if a Muslim group wanted to sue someone who defamed Muhammad.

Why is it that people don't understand that one of the side effects of free speech is that you hear things that offend you? Is this concept that hard to grasp?

3 comments:

Jacob said...

This post offends me! Ben, Zhubin, draft me a lawsuit, post haste!

Mike said...

"Jerry Springer - The Opera"? Qu'est-ce que the fuck? If you want to do something ridiculous like make a musical portraying Jesus as someone who likes shit, be my guest, stupidity is protected under free speech. But for the love of God, don't do it in the context of a show called "Jerry Springer - The Opera".

Ben said...

Jacob, I would go for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress (actual tort). If that doesn't work, try Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress (actual tort in some states).

If that doesn't work, try Aw Fuck It, I Just Want Your Money (actual tort in my imagination).