And I thought Brian Greenspun was the master of the self-defeating argument.
“Let’s face it: There will never be a Hollywood movie, satire or not, about the assassination of a sitting U.S. president or European political leader,” Pitt writes in a letter that does not give any hint of being satire. “Yet, ‘exceptional Americans’ defend Sony Pictures’ ‘The Interview,’ about the assassination of Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, as a free-speech issue and just a movie. Had a Western leader been the subject, there would have been denouncements, picketing and possible criminal charges leveled against the film’s maker.”
He goes on in this vein, calling Americans sanctimonious and saying we engage in double-speak — actually the terms were newspeak and doublethink in the book, which wasn’t satire.
But the 2006 movie titled “Death of a President,” about the assassination of a sitting president, George W. Bush, apparently did not result in any denouncements, picketing and possible criminal charges leveled against the film’s maker. It raised hardly a ripple, at least not enough of one to stick in Mr. Pitt’s memory.
And that movie wasn’t supposed to be a comedy.
Perhaps we take free speech for granted in this country.